Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Allen Is Setting a Shining Example

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Allen Is Setting a Shining Example

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STOKE boss Mark Hughes feels Joe Allen has been the "shining light" in the Potters' troubled season so far.

The midfielder scored his first goal for the Staffordshire outfit with a 73rd-minute strike against West Brom on Saturday - an effort which looked set to seal Stoke's maiden Premier League win of the season before Salomon Rondon's stoppage-time header ensured the game at the Bet365 Stadium finished 1-1. Allen produced a very creditable display against the Baggies and has impressed in general since joining from Liverpool over the summer.

Hughes said of the 26-year-old Wales international: "I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play week in, week out.

"We are giving him that opportunity and in every game he plays he has an influence.

"He has been the shining light for us this season - the one who has been really hitting the levels expected of him.

"Maybe some of the guys are still trying to get a level of form but we have never had any issue with Joe in terms of his form. …

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