Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Stoke City’s Joe Allen would be a fine addition to plenty of Premier League teams, following rumours linking the Welshman with a move away from the Championship strugglers.
The Telegraph suggests that Allen could be one of several Stoke players, including Jack Butland, that may leave the Bet365 Stadium soon if the Potters’ valuations are met – with Robinson arguing that Allen could be quite the catch for a number of top-flight clubs.
He was asked by Football Insider on the possibility of Newcastle United chasing his signature next month, with the former Spurs ‘keeper suggesting he would be a solid signing for plenty of Premier League sides, pointing to his experience at the top level.
He said: “He’s going to be an asset to any team.
“And if Stoke are going to have a clearout, he’s got experience.
“He’s been at Stoke three or four years [and] prior to that, Liverpool and Swansea, so he has Premier League experience. He’s still only 29 years old.
“To have a player of that ability, at that age, he’s got a good few years left in him.
“So if he was to become available, I think it may prick the ears of, let’s say a few mid-to-lower Premier League teams.”
While Newcastle are rumoured to be one of a few clubs potentially interested in signing the 29-year-old, a midfielder of Allen’s stature and versatility could be a perfect addition to the Magpies’ squad as they look to steer clear of a relegation battle post-Christmas.
Allen’s ability to cover a number of roles in the middle of the park would see him provide useful backup to the Magpies’ resources in multiple fashions, particularly if current knocks to the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron continue into the new year.
And as Robinson highlighted himself, his existing Premier League experience could bypass the need to adapt to the league’s demands, despite spending the last 18 months in the second tier with Stoke.
So while Newcastle may be striving to peel away from the ‘mid-to-lower’ sides in the league, Allen could nevertheless be a handy addition to the squad.
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