Date: 12th September 2008 at 9:24am
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As learning curves go Swansea City’s Joe Allen has faced more than some over his short career to date.

Allen sounded his rival on the first team stage a few seasons back but has failed to secure a starting place in Roberto Martinez’s new revolution, having to be content with bit part’s in the Carling Cup or Johnstones Paint Trophy.It is through his time with Brian Flynn’s Welsh U-21 side that could provide the youngster the much needed boost to shine and put himself in the frame for a starting spot in Martinez’s match day squad.

Increased competition for places in the heart of the Swansea midfield has made the18 year old’s task that little bit more difficult. With the likes of Darren Pratley , Ferrie Bodde, Leon Britton and Jordi Gomez all ahead of him it would take something remarkable to overhaul the quartet. However the midfielder has remained focused and has admitted he still has a lot to learn.

Allen told The SWEP:

Allen On Welsh U-21 success:

It shows that we have a lot of good players and I think we are capable of outplaying anyone at the moment.Of course, everyone is paying a lot of attention to the draw, but we don’t fear anyone.

England would be a big game as they are our closest rivals, but it’s all about getting through the play-offs no matter who we play.There is a lot of pressure on us, more so because it has been so long since Wales qualified for a major football tournament.Brian has played it down to a certain extent because he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on us. Saying that, we should have a lot of confidence because we beat some very good sides to be in the position we are in.’

Allen On lack of appearances this season:

‘When you look at the players we have in midfield, sometimes you have to sit back and appreciate what is in front of you.. I know I’m still very young and I have a lot to learn, so I am just taking in as much as possible.I realise that if you keep working hard and impress the manager then you’ll get a chance.”



Allen will have the chance to impress Roberto Martinez next Wednesday when he faces Bristol City in the reserves..