Allon has also described £40m man Joelinton as a ‘panic buy’ after his 7-goal season in the Bundesliga, also questioning whether Miguel Almiron is good enough to handle the demands of Premier League football.
Here’s what he’s had to say during his bold and slightly cynical rant on Love Sport Radio last night:
“I would’ve had more respect for him if he turned the job down,”
“If he’s a true supporter he wouldn’t work for this tyrant.
“Basically he’s Mike Cashley’s puppet, that’s all he is.
“The reason he brought in Joelinton – £35-40million allegedly – he scored seven goals in 26 games for German side Hoffenheim – panic buy.
“Last season we bought Almiron from the MLS, I’m not sure he can handle the Premier League.
“He’s quick, he’s slight, but he’s got no goals.”
While I agree with some of what he’s said about Bruce, his comments about Joelinton and Almiron seem way off for me, with it being extremely naive to judge both on their recent goalscoring records when they are clearly two very talented players.
That said, some of his comments on Bruce are hard to argue.
Yes he felt he couldn’t turn down the job after past regrets, but he has not helped himself in his bid to remove this ‘puppet’ tag based on the way he’s defended Mike Ashley over the past few weeks.
Not only that, it also seems quite clear that he’s not in charge given A) he’s our ‘head coach’ not ‘manager’ and B) he’s not the one dictating who we sign in the transfer market, with deals for Joelinton and Scott proving he only has so much say in that department.