Mark Hughes labelled Joe Allen “immense” after his superb performance and goal helped Stoke to a draw at Manchester United.
He said: “Joe was immense again. He’s been excellent since he came to the club. “I knew I was getting a good player – clearly because I spent £13m on him – but sometimes you don’t understand how good a player you have in the building until you work with him day-in, day-out.
“He is an intelligent player. He’s got great energy levels, we all see that every day, but that’s not all. He’s got good awareness of situations and how to affect the game. His anticipation is first class in the box and in midfield.”