Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 24 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 5(0) *
Jamie Allen arrives as a player with serious pedigree at League One level from impressive spells with Rochdale and Burton Albion making him something of a coup given our current situation. Both technically impressive and a prodigiously hard-worker, Jamie Allen can fulfill a lot of roles on central midfield from the holding role, acting as more of a playmaker, aggressively winning the ball back, or getting forward to score goals. Despite his range of functions in the side, the signing of Allen is not only a little surprising given his pedigree but also because he is arriving in an area of the pitch where we are already strong and look to have settled.
Whether Allen has been signed in the knowledged that Tom Bayliss is departing remains to be seen, he may well have been added as a shift to a three-man midfield – although that may suggest that perhaps we have moved beyond looking to bring Bright Enobakhare back to the club. Were Bayliss to stay and Enobakhare to re-join, it would make the addition of Allen look a little odd but would be a statement of strength nonetheless. As someone who can play a number of roles in midfield, Allen would give us excellent competition for places for each of our current central midfielders. It will be interesting to see what the plan is with Allen, as he is unlikely to have been signed cheaply or without some level of guarantee over playing time. He is someone who makes us stronger, but may not even be in our starting XI if the summer transfer window unfolds in our favour.
*As of 18/01/2020