Stoke manager Mark Hughes has claimed that Joe Allen has been the “shining light” in the Potters’ troubled season so far.
Hughes’ men have struggled so far this year, picking up just two points from their first six matches.
They looked like picking up their first win of the campaign on Saturday, when Allen scored his first goal for the club in the 73rd minute.
His strong support play was rewarded with a goal but Salomon Rondon scored a late equaliser to ensure Stoke remained under pressure.
Allen has impressed since joining the club from Liverpool and Hughes was quick to single him out.
He told reporters: “I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play week in, week out, we are giving him that opportunity, and in every game he plays he has an influence.
“He has been the shining light for us this season – the one who has been really hitting the levels expected of him.
“Maybe some of the guys are still trying to get a level of form up to this point, but we have never had any issue with Joe in terms of his form.
“He has hit the ground running and been excellent since he walked through the door.”