Stoke City manager Nathan Jones will be relishing the summer transfer window and the opportunity it will afford him to stamp his own mark on his squad, with a view to mounting a realistic top-six challenge next season.
Among those Jones will need to consider is Welsh international Joe Allen who has scored 14 goals in 118 appearances since joining from Liverpool in 2016.
It remains to be seen whether the central midfielder will stay in the Championship for another season, with the Welshman already getting admiring glances from Premier League duo Watford and West Ham.
So, do you think Allen will stick around at Stoke City next season?
“I like Allen but I just think this season he – like many Stoke players – have obviously struggled to really shine.
“That might deter interest in him and I think he’ll be looking forward to working under Nathan Jones too.”
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he stays.
“Allen has been an important player for Stoke over the past few seasons and he surprised a few people when he signed a new four-year contract with the club just after their relegation from the Premier League.
“He’s clearly enjoying his time at the club and played an important role in what was ultimately a disappointing season for Stoke, he may want to stay at the club to try to rectify that next season.”
“I hope not.
“That’s nothing against Allen, but Stoke need a fresh start.
“It’s time to sweep the decks, get rid of those old hands and bring in fresh blood.
“A new start for Allen might be wise too.”