Wee Joe Allen is on an uptick of late. Though unable to find a regular spot in Jürgen Klopp's starting line up, Allen made himself indispensable as an option from the bench last season and is now in France to help Wales find success at their first ever Euros. But deep down Allen remains a very grounded man, and he's not letting jokes about him being the "Welsh $Whatever" go to his head.
“I’m just an Average Joe,” Allen said in an interview with the Guardian when asked about his litany of nicknames. “[Welsh Pirlo is] a dangerous one because I had ‘the Welsh Xavi’ tag for a while and that didn’t really do me too many favours. So I’m trying to steer myself away from the new one too.
“That’s the way you have to take [the Pirlo comparisons]. I have got a sense of humour. There have been loads of things that are really funny. I’m hoping I have a big influence on everyone. I’ve seen a few more beards than normal. It’s the long hair next. I can’t say I have many of the lads copying me but there you go.”
There's still time for the wee Welsh Pirlo clones to appear, don't even worry about it wee Joe. As for the myriad memest hat have popped up around his various nicknames, Allen is characteristically taking them in stride and having a good laugh over them.
“The good the bad and the ugly – probably more bad and ugly than good!” Allen says of the memes he's seen. “I have to say there’s been a few things sent my way that’s had me crying with laughter. The biblical references of recent times have been quite funny.”
Welsh Jesus hath spoken. Welsh Jesus also talked about actual football things with the Guardian too, but #topbantz with his Liverpool teammates who also find themselves in Euro Group B must always come second to Welsh Jesus acknowledging the brilliance of Welsh Jesus. Bless his heart. Literally.