Allan may not be a name that will strike fear into the heart of the opposition but, make no mistake, the all-action Napoli midfielder is a formidable opponent on his day.
It’s little wonder, then, that Newcastle United, Southampton and West Brom are all flocking as The Sun claims the Serie A runners-up could sell the Brazilian for the right price – potentially as little as £10 million.
Allan would be a superb addition at either end of the pitch
The report claims that Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez believes Allan, who starred alongside Philippe Coutinho and Danilo as Brazil won the Under-20 World Cup in 2011, has the skill-set to adapt immediately to the Premier League.
And he may be right.
A ‘defensive’ midfielder on paper, Allan’s statistics certainly paint him out to be an efficient operator inside his own half. He averaged 2.4 tackles per game in Serie A last season as well as 0.9 interceptions.
However, it’s his quality at the other end which marks the 26-year-old out as a truly unique midfielder. Averaging an impressive 85 per cent pass completion rate since moving from Udinese in 2015, Allan has also assisted 11 goals in the last two league seasons. Not bad for a player usually fielded in front of the back four.
Jack of all trades
A powerful and dynamic player, Allan is exactly the sort of midfielder Newcastle are missing. Jack Colback and Isaac Hayden do the defensive side of the game well while Jonjo Shelvey distributes the ball excellently from deep.
Allan, however, balances both rolls to perfection and appears every inch the prototype for a Premier League midfielder. Ironically, the Samba star arrived at Napoli less than a month after the Partenopei sacked Benitez in the summer of 2015.
However, the Spaniard could get the chance to finally work with Allan at Newcastle.