Just a few short months ago it looked like Jamie Allen was at a crossroads in his Coventry City career.

Although held back by a niggling injury in his first season with the Sky Blues after signing from Burton Albion, with whom he had ready-made Championship experience, the energetic midfielder started to show his quality before the campaign was cut short due to the pandemic.

But having played his part in City’s push for the League One title, he could look forward to a return to second tier football.

The 26-year-old, however, went through a frustrating stop-start season in which he struggled to cement a regular place in Mark Robins’s starting line-up, limited to 22 league appearances and resulting in a full and frank discussion with the manager at the end of term.


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Robins clearly wanted more from the player who returned for pre-season more determined than ever to show what he could do amid a backdrop of speculation linking him with interest from a number of clubs, including Portsmouth and Wigan.

With money tight and Robins keen to strengthen his squad, the manager knew he may have to wheel and deal in the transfer market, to free up wages for fresh faces, and Allen looked a prime candidate.

Entering the last year of his contract, the writing appeared to be on the wall.

However, having got his head down in training, opportunity knocked again for the player who marked his return to form with a vital equaliser against Reading at the CBS Arena where Matty Godden popped up with a stoppage time winner.

And although he has again been in and out of the side, Allen has impressed when called upon and earned man of the match against Huddersfield Town in City’s last away game.

The following week he was rewarded with a new two year contract extension, securing his services until the summer of 2024, in what has been a remarkable turn-around in fortunes.

Explaining his decision to reward the player with a new deal, Robins told CoventryLive: “Jamie has done really well and he’s shown his quality.

“He has persevered and shown that he has got himself into a position where I can call on him and he can do the job.

“He has played at this level previously with Burton Albion and he’s worked his way and fought his way back into contention, and he’s always on my mind now.”

Some fans were left scratching their heads on Wednesday night when Allen didn’t make the starting line-up despite having performed so well in the previous match at Huddersfield.

In the event he went on in the 68th minute for Liam Kelly as City went all out for a winner in a game in which they ended up losing 1-0.

Robins said: “It was a toss up because I could have played him, could have started him against Millwall but he came on as a substitute and did OK in the game.

“There’s a bit more continuity and quality from him and we were trying to press for a winner at that stage, never mind an equaliser.”





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