Wales manager Ryan Giggs has tipped midfielder Joe Allen to make a return to the Premier League in the near future.
The 29-year-old, who is set to win his 50th cap for Wales when they take on World Cup finalists Croatia in Euro 2020 qualifying on Saturday, has been plying his trade in the Championship with Stoke since their relegation in 2018.
Prior to that, Allen was playing regularly in the Premier League for both Swansea and Liverpool, while he was named in the team of the tournament at Euro 2016 after helping Wales reach the semi-finals under Chris Coleman.
Allen has also been impressing under current Wales boss Giggs, who feels the midfielder is more than capable of playing in the Premier League once again.
“Of course Joe could play at a higher level,” said Giggs. “He has played in the Premier League. Since I’ve taken over, he’s one of the most reliable players who you just know what you’re going to get, both in training and in games.
“He’ll take the ball anywhere. That’s something he did at Swansea in his early days. He wants the ball, he wants to play football the right way.”
Wales have made a strong start to qualifying for next summer’s Euros and are the only team in Group E with a 100% record, but have only played one match to date.
Victory over Croatia would certainly give the Dragons a huge boost in their hopes of reaching a second successive European Championship and they are priced at 67.00 to go on and win the tournament in 12 months’ time.