Joe Allen targeting big impact for Swansea City in 2023

6th January 2023
First team

Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen has his sights set on making a big impact for his boyhood club in 2023, after a frustrating stop-start campaign to date.

The 32-year-old returned to the Swans in the summer while still recovering from an injury picked up with Wales during the June internationals.

He was soon into his stride, but a hamstring injury in the home win over Hull was an untimely setback.

Hard-work and dedication meant the former Stoke and Liverpool midfielder was able to make a remarkable recovery in order to feature at the World Cup for Wales in November, and he has been regaining his match fitness over the course of the past few weeks.

Allen excelled in Monday's defeat to Burnley and he is determined to play a big part in the remainder of the Swans' season and beyond.

“It’s been stop-start season,” he said.

“I’m a bit disappointed with how much I’ve played so far. It’s been a strange season because I was injured when I arrived so I was already playing catch up. Then, just as I was getting up to speed and in a good place, I had another injury which laid me off for a while.

“Then there was the World Cup which split the season, so it’s been all over the place really.

“A big target for me is to have a much bigger impact in the second half of the season.

“The reason I came back to the club was to really help the team get better and progress and I’m really confident I can do that this year.

“Generally in my career, I’ve been able to play a lot of games and I can’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that again.

“Hopefully I can stay fit, and play a lot more.”

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