TIA Reserve Team
- Dec 31, 2010
I think any critics of Allen should, after watching that game, note his value to the side. I think he would have really helped today. I think Lucas is a solid holding midfielder, but he does not press as well as Allen up the pitch. It was far from Lucas' fault, but Stoke did have some possession that we hadn't allowed teams when Henderson and Allen were working together to press higher up the pitch.Mascot88 said:Absolutely.
I can us lining up with Gerrard behind Allen and Hendo in a 1-2 midfield. With Lucas, it's a bit leggier and not as energetic, but Lucas is Gerrard's deputy once everyone is fit.
I thought Gerrard looked pretty good in his new found role but needed a player like Allen to work into some space to complete simple passes when the movement stagnates. Lucas doesn't really have a sense for working into these kind of spaces, but you can't really blame a guy when he hasn't played this role. Overall I just think Allen's value to the side should be noted, even though he's far from a world beater yet.