The fixture at Bramall Lane on Saturday sees Swansea line up against another former player in Leon Britton. There is no doubt that the holding midfielder's services have been sorely missed since his summer departure.

During his time in South Wales, Leon made over 300 appearances for the Swans, enjoying eight seasons with the Welsh side. Therefore, it was understandable that eyebrows were raised when the 28-year-old signed for fellow Npower Championship side Sheffield United in the transfer window.

Following his exit, a number of players were drafted in and tested in the holding midfield role, but no-one filled the void left by Britton like Joe Allen , who over recent weeks has cemented his place playing just ahead of the back four and, based on his seasons performances so far, there is no wonder as to why.

Allen has proved himself to be one of the most influential figures in the squad. With his work ethic and skills along with his consistent performance levels, he commands the midfield in the same manner we became accustomed to seeing from Leon Britton.

Having already surpassed the amount of starts made last season it is great to see the Carmarthen produce is relishing his run in the side.

Joe is a player of sublime talent and one I am certain we'll see in the top flight in coming years.

The Blades will go into the game manager-less after Gary Speed was appointed John Toshack's successor as Welsh manager in mid-week.

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