Wales International, Joe Allen has words of praise for his midfield partner, Darren Fletcher for giving him the freedom to shine for Stoke at Huddersfield.
Allen created Stoke City’s equalizer against Huddersfield after collecting a return ball from Cameroonian, Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting before his powerful run into the box to set up Egyptian, Ramadan Sobhi who slotted in a calm finish. Allen, however, believes former Manchester United midfielder, Fletcher gave him the freedom to be more creative in attack.
“Playing with someone like Darren Fletcher gives me license to get into the final third,” said the former Liverpool midfielder.
“Whether I’m playing as No 10 or deep, I still want to get involved in creating and scoring as often as I can.
“He can lock up behind me and I’m grateful he’s got that discipline and intelligence to let me try to get involved further up the pitch.”
Allen was happy for Ramadan after the Egyptian scored his first Premier League goal for Stoke on Saturday in the victory over West Brom.
“Ramadan got his goal last week and that probably gave him the confidence to get in there,” said Allen.
“Coming off the bench to get two in two and have that impact is great.
“He’s settling in, of course, he is, and he’s still a young lad. People forget just how young he is. He’s adapting all the time, he works hard day in, day out and he’s getting his rewards for that.”