Despite Scott Sinclair's late winner stealing headlines at the Liberty on Sunday, the star performance of the afternoon came from Joe Allen. The 20-year-old Welsh international has over recent weeks stamped his authority on the holding midfield role, which was vacated in the summer after Leon Britton's shock move to fellow championship rivals Sheffield United.
Joe's influential presence was evidently missed in a lacklustre first 45 against Bristol City a week ago. Joe could only sit and watch on from the bench as his team mates failed to break down the compact Bristol back line.
The Swans were slow out of the blocks seemingly suffering from a derby day hangover, and after only five minutes Bristol seized on their early dominance and our defence was left stunned when Jon Stead slotted home the only goal of the game.
Allen's introduction at the re-start brought some optimism to a pretty gloomy day in South West Wales, instantly creating our most promising attack of the game and looking a threat pushing forward.
The youngster’s talents have also been recognised at international level, and after establishing himself in the Wales Under 21 set up was called up to the senior squad in 2009 to face Estonia.
Joe has many features to his game which help make him such a formidable player in the Swansea City squad. Not only does the midfield have more shape when he plays, but his control, awareness, ability to create a counter and his off the ball movement are just a number of characteristics which show that the Welsh international really does have the full package.
At just 5 ft 6” the Carmarthen born player shows no hesitance to get stuck into challenges and power opponents off the ball, even though the majority tower over him!
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