Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters has told the club's official website that Joe Allen is a great asset for The Potters, after the Welsh international struck twice in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Sunderland to take his tally to four goals in his last three Premier League outings for Mark Hughes' side.
After a series of sparkling displays for Wales at last summer's European Championships in France, Allen moved to the Bet365 Stadium from Liverpool for a £13million fee (as per BBC) in July, and the diminutive 26-year-old has enjoyed a scintillating start to his career with the Staffordshire side.
Hardly renowned for his goalscoring prowess, Allen registered just four goals during his four years at Anfield, however, after being utilised in a more advanced role by his new manager and compatriot Mark Hughes over the opening months of the season, the midfielder is showing the Stoke City faithful that he can be force to be reckoned with in the final third of the pitch.
An expertly-taken brace in last weekend's win over Sunderland means that Allen has now netted a mightily impressive five goals in his last four outings for club and country and, with The Republic of Ireland set to face Wales in a seismic World Cup qualifying encounter next March, striker Jon Walters has conceded that he hopes the midfielder's midas touch in front of goal does not continue against The Boys in Green.
Speaking to Stoke's official website the Irish striker joked: “He’s doing really well and he’s doing it for both club and country which is great for him,
“Hopefully we can keep him quiet when we play them in the qualifiers but he’s doing really well and he’s a great asset for us.”
Pressure had began to mount on Stoke manager Hughes after a bitterly disappointing start to this season's Premier League campaign left The Potters languishing at the foot of the table, however, after picking up their first three points of the season against The Black Cats, the Welsh manager will be looking for his side to string together a run of results and push on up the league over the coming weeks.
Next up for Stoke is a trip to The KC Stadium to face an out of sorts Hull City side that slumped to a humiliating 6-1 defeat against Bournemouth last time out, and Allen will be desperate to continue his rich vein of goalscoring form by firing The Potters to their first away victory of the season against Mike Phelan's men.