FM 2012 player profile – Joe Allen

FM 2012 Central Midfielders

written by Darren Smith

Joe Allen

Age: 21

Position: MC

Club: Swansea

Nationality: Welsh

Value: £3.8 million

Price tag: £5.5 million (in patch 12.2)

Joe Allen’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

Joe Allen’s scouting report from Ryan on Man Utd

Joe Allen’s profile aged 26 in the year 2016

Joe Allen’s career history until 2016

This FM 2012 player profile of Joe Allen shows a true midfield maestro and conductor of play. Use Allen as the deep lying playmaker and he’ll dictate the tempo of any match while pulling all the strings in the middle of the pitch. Allen can also develop nicely and in my future save moves progresses very well at Swansea so imagine how good he could be if moving to a bigger club controlled by a human. Worth every penny of the £5.5 million asking price.

Best buy rating: 8.5/10

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  • comment avatar N.Loureiro May 9, 2012

    So is this guy a FM player or is he good in RL? I ask because the only Swansea matches broadcasted in Portugal are those where they face Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City or Chelsea and I only watch Chelsea’s matches – though this will change because Podolski will join Arsenal and I love watching him play. So, is he good in RL as well, Darren? Didn’t get to watch Chelsea’s matches against Swansea

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 9, 2012

      He is also a great player in RL…always available for his team mates and controls the pace of the game in a side that has similar possession stats to Barcelona!! Really good player IMO.

      • comment avatar N.Loureiro May 9, 2012

        Really, Swansea also enjoy the lion’s share of the ball in every game? Damn…

        Need to seem him play.

  • comment avatar N.Loureiro May 9, 2012

    Do you transfer list your players – the ones you don’t need – when you get a team promoted, Darren? I recently got Torino promoted and some of them actually have me as their favourite personnel. Problem is, they’re the ones I want to off-load to make room for wages.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 9, 2012

      Yeah Swansea really can play and while Allen doesn’t do fancy tricks or make your jaw drop to the floor he is their most influential player IMO.

      As for selling players when promoted I just offer them straight out to clubs as you’ll be waiting an age for anyone to offer for them just on the transfer list.

  • comment avatar Toby Moore May 11, 2012

    Fantastic to see Sports Interactive paying attention! I only thought Allen would be one of those players that are forever underrated in FM but they really did well with the patch. Still a bit disappointed with Britton’s initial rating but after a season I managed to get his passing and decisions to 16.

    Have a look at Neil Taylor, he doesn’t look like much initially but he develops really well, he doesn’t excel in a particular area but he’s not afraid to assist in attacks, Like I said Sports Interactive have done really well with Swansea.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 12, 2012

      I agree, sometimes these types of players don’t recieve the recognition they deserve until moving to a bigger club but Allen and most of the Swansea squad should be highly rated for the style of Football they have played.

  • comment avatar Dan May 25, 2012

    I had a Swansea career and at the end of the 2nd season he became really injury prone, only played a handful of games in my 3rd season and ended up selling him. In fact the same thing happened to Scott Sinclair and Michel Vorm too, maybe just my luck though and I managed to sell Allen for 6 mil

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 25, 2012

      Its tough to tell if a player is actually injury prone or become that way because of one bad piece of luck…I once had a regen that didn’t get injured for 5 years, then did his hamstring and kept getting injured after that…I don’t think Allen is that injury prone form the off though.

  • comment avatar Joe May 29, 2012

    Darren i am never sure if i should put a player like this into a top four team such as Chelsea straight away, i could put him as a deep ling playmaker instead of Ramires, would you reccomend doing this?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 29, 2012

      I know what you mean, I am the same as I tend to look more towards younger players with ridiculous potential over the likes of Allen, but I’d recommend signing him for deep lying playmaker role…even at Chelsea’s level he would do well.

  • comment avatar saltwater August 10, 2012

    I do hope in FM13 his passing is up their in the attributes, and if he does move to liverpool hopefully he can make a name for himself because he can become even better than he is now

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 11, 2012

      Me too, I think he was reasonably well represented by FM this year considering he seemed to excel as the season went on and SI can’t allow for that…but he certainlt needs to be better in terms of passing and vision for FM13.

  • comment avatar James Dinh August 16, 2012

    i bought Allen in my first season at Liverpool but he had some troubles wid losing the ball n he didnt help me much wid controling the tempo of the game or controling the game. wat do u suggest me to do? thanks, i would be rlly appriciated ur reply :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 16, 2012

      I’m not sure what you’re asking for TBH. Its all down to your tactic so we can’t help you there.

  • comment avatar Martin August 28, 2012

    Darren what a great site you got here!
    used it a lot while building up my arsenal team..
    anyway.. i need a deep lying playmaker/central midfielder in an offenssive 4-2-3-1 (4-3-3) tactic whos gonna be coupled with song/m’vila playing as ball winning (def) role, and hazard as advanced playmaker.
    Those i have in mind is either Joe Allen or Strootman or maybe even using M’vila in that role? What are your suggestions?

    im also thinking about training Ramsey up for that role as i have enough advanced playmakers already.. how would i train him up for that?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 28, 2012

      Thanks Martin, I’d personally buy Strootman or M’Vila as backup in that position and train Ramsey there too…you could just train him in the individual areas he’s needs to improve for that role like tackling etc.

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