“Welsh Xavi” Finalizes Move From Liverpool To Stoke City

Former Liverpool man Joe Allen is finally out of Limbo, having completed a $17.7 million move to Stoke City. Allen signed five year deal with The Potters to keep him there through 2021.

Famously dubbed “The Welsh Xavi” by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers (currently at Celtic), Allen struggled to find playing time in Liverpool’s starting XI during his four years there.

Here’s Joe Allen on his transfer in his own words:

He’s a quality player, not quite good enough to start (at least at Liverpool, if they want to finish in the top 4) but too good to leave sitting on the bench. He did have an outstanding Euro with Wales, earning himself a spot on UEFA’s Team of the Tournament.

euro all tournament team

He appeared 37 times across all competitions for Liverpool last year but only started eight Premier League games. His lack of playing time made the choice to join Stoke an easy one when the opportunity presented itself.

Ultimately, this is a good move for both clubs. Allen has found a Premier League club where he can get the playing time he deserves and Liverpool recoup $17.7 million of the $19.6 million they paid to get him from Swansea City four years ago.