Joe Allen: Liverpool should consider keeping Welsh hero

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Liverpool could be ready to cash in on Joe Allen should he want to leave this summer. 

According to the Daily Mail, the Reds have slapped a £14 million price tag on their Welsh midfielder, who has lit up Euro 2016 for his country en route to the semi-finals. 

With his former team, Swansea City, already having seen an £8 million bid turned down by the Merseyside club, we take a look at Allen's stats to see if the Reds are right to be demanding almost double that, or whether he's worth holding onto for next season. 


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Lighting up the Euros

Wales have surprised everyone with their dream run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Allen is one of their three standout players from the tournament, alongside Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. He's featured in all five of Wales' games in the run to the last four and has clocked 433 minutes on the pitch. 

His solid midfield performances are confirmed by the following attacking stats, via Squawka. 

Total passes: 192

Successful passes: 164

Pass accuracy: 85% 

Chances created: 5

Key passes: 4


Allen's also played well defensively: 

Successful take-ons:

Tackles: 6

Duels won: 47%

There's no doubt that Allen's performances so far have added to the midfielder's worth, and his form has been brilliant this summer. 

New credibility 

But can he reproduce it in the Premier League, where the campaign is far longer and far more intense? His stats from the 2015/16 season may give an indication of how important Allen truly is at club level.

Games played: 19

Minutes on the pitch: 754

It's clear to see that last season Allen wasn't always one of Jurgen Klopp's first choice midfielders, playing only 19 times in the league. However, he did manage to produce some good attacking stats: 

Total passes: 401

Successful passes: 335

Pass completion: 84%

Chances created: 12

Key passes: 11

Assists: 1

Shot accuracy: 44%

Goals: 2

Mr. Reliable 

He may not be one of the most exciting midfielders to watch, but Allen certainly gets the job done for Liverpool. His accurate passing ensured he made 11 key passes in 19 games last term, though perhaps he was let down by his team-mates up front, because the Welshman only got one assist from those key balls. 

Defensively, he was also reliable for Klopp's side: 

Successful take-ons: 7

Tackles: 19

Duels won: 46%

Fouls: 14

Yellow cards: 0

Red cards: 0

Allen is clearly a very disciplined player, and won't be a risk to any potential managers looking for a strong midfielder. No yellow or red cards last season proves he's tough but fair, winning 46% of his duels, and averaging a successful tackle a game.  

There's no doubt that Allen's pedigree has risen after his good performances at Euro 2016. He's been brilliant off the back of an average season in the Premier League. 

Arguably, in today's market, Liverpool are fair to demand around £15 million for their man, especially if they're not desperate to sell.

Whoever Allen is playing for come August will have a player that may not be the most exciting of midfielders, but is one of the league's most effective. 

Should Liverpool cash in on Joe Allen? Have your say in the comments. 

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