Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 25 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 11(1) *
A player of serious pedigree and experience at League One level, it has almost been forgotten how significant a signing Jamie Allen was over the summer. Picking up a bizarre niggly injury just before the season started delayed Allen’s ability to make an impression until November, in his stead, Zain Westbrooke, Jordan Shipley, Callum O’Hare and Liam Walsh made such an impact that it was hard to see a place for Allen in the side once he returned to fitness. It’s a testament to Allen’s determination and ability that he has managed to force his way into the side amid such competition for places and he has made a huge impact, scoring or assisting a goal in every other league appearance thus far.
To summarise Allen’s game in one word, it would be ‘energetic’. The midfielder’s work-rate is absolutely prodigious, he covers a lot of ground but in a purposeful manner. Allen seems tailor-made to play in the one of the advanced midfield roles in our 3-4-2-1 system, freed from the positional responsibility that comes with a more orthodox central midfield role, Allen’s work-rate and intelligent, tidy use of the ball can be incredibly destructive when played closer to goal. The only criticisms of him are that he has been tentative at times when put in decent positions to shoot and that, for the impact he has made already, he isn’t quite on the same wavelength as his attacking colleagues yet.
*As of 08/03/2020