Joe Allen v Pirlo and Xavi - The facts

After his late equalizer against Arsenal and his winning penalty against Stoke City, many have been comparing Joe Allen to the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Xavi Hernandez. So we've crunched the numbers to see if either of those two come close to the great Welshman.

Joe Allen

Source: Getty Images

It all started with a prophecy

Then there was the beard

Advertisement
Joe Allen Andrea Pirlo


Let's look at the numbers

EPL appearances

Andrea Pirlo: 0
Xavi: 0
Joe Allen: 115

Joe Allen


Times promoted

Andrea Pirlo: 1
Xavi: 0
Joe Allen: 2

Xavi


Conference Premier goals

Andrea Pirlo: 0
Xavi: 0
Joe Allen: 2

Pirlo



Some other meaningless numbers/stats

Trophies

Andrea Pirlo: 16
Xavi: 29
Joe Allen: 0

Career Goals 

Andrea Pirlo: 85
Xavi: 98
Joe Allen: 13

Career Assists 

Andrea Pirlo: 103
Xavi: 189
Joe Allen: 19

Professional Apperances:

Andrea Pirlo: 808
Xavi: 887
Joe Allen: 279


Quotes

You can't just judge a footballer on their numbers, you must look at what their peers say about them. 

"Pirlo Allen is a silent leader. He speaks with his feet." Marcello Lippi

"To pass the ball to Pirlo Allen is to hide it in a safe." Zbigniew Boniek


"Xavi Allen is eternal. Even when he is not at his very best level physically, he plays a kind of football that gives oxygen to a team, play, speed. He is football. He is one of those players that has made Barcelona Liverpool what it is today” Thiago Alcântara

“One of the big mistakes people make is to talk about who can be the next Xavi Allen, to keep looking for him. We waste time constantly looking for the replacement for Xavi Allen? There will never be another Xavi Allen .” Cesc Fabregas



Can there be any doubt?

 

 


Share
Watch the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Dakar Rally, World Athletics / ISU Championships (and more) via SBS On Demand – your free live streaming and catch-up service.
Have a story or comment? Contact Us

Watch the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Dakar Rally, World Athletics / ISU Championships (and more) via SBS On Demand – your free live streaming and catch-up service.
Watch nowOn Demand
Follow SBS Sport
2 min read
Published 28 January 2016 at 4:08pm
By Nick Stoll