Joe Allen explains how his move from Liverpool has boosted his form for Stoke and Wales

He said: “It’s an exciting time at Stoke with the signings the club has made, and that was one of the big reasons I was happy to join. That was music to my ears.

“When I talked to Mark Hughes he had a few selling points, retaining the key players they had and actively seeking to bring more quality in.

“Now everybody is talking about the impact Wilfried Bony could have, and having talked to the boys who played with him at Swansea I’m looking forward to getting back there and playing alongside him.”

Bony will make his debut against Spurs on Saturday, and Allen said: “It’s a chance for us to show what we can do.

“The club have finished ninth for three years running and they are not happy to settle for that. They are looking to build even more.”

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