Midfield ace believes Potters can be genuine promotion contenders next term...
JOE ALLEN says that addressing inconsistencies within the team will be vital during the summer months if the Potters are to sustain a promotion push during the 2019/20 campaign.
City have struggled to acclimatise themselves back to the rigours of the Championship this season after dropping out of the Premier League 12 months ago.
However, clearly buoyed by the side’s showings against promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough and Norwich City over Easter, Allen believes that the Potters can be serious contenders next time around and isn’t writing off being part of that journey.
Speaking following the 2-2 draw with title hopefuls Norwich City on Monday, the Welsh international said: “It’s no secret that our season has been inconsistent.
“We haven’t hit the levels we expect of ourselves anywhere near enough, and that has been disappointing for not only ourselves, but everyone connected to the Club.
“When we have come up against sides who like to sit in tight, and break forward we have struggled, really struggled at times.
“But in the games where teams have wanted to attack us, like on Monday, then we have fared a lot better.
“Next season we have to address that and get the balance right, because if we do that and continue to do the other things that the manager is putting in place behind the scenes then this Club will challenge."
“We have a group in there who really want to put a shift in, and we did that on Monday and at times showed the quality we have.
“Honestly, who knows what is going to happen in the summer - we will all have to wait and see what the window brings for everyone, because as the manager has said, it will be a huge summer.”
He added: “First and foremost it is about these next two matches now, putting everything in to them, and then we will speak to the Club, see what is what and then move from there.”