Swansea City's Joe Allen proud of 'iconic' year

Joe Allen
Allen has scored two of Swansea City's Premier League goals

Swansea City's Joe Allen says their "squad full of talent" has confounded doubters.

Mid-way through their first Premier League season, Swansea are on 20 points, with the usually relegation-safe 40 points in their sights.

"I doubt many people would've had us where we are right now and performing as well as we are, so I think we're proud of that," midfielder Allen said.

"But... we now know going into the New Year, we can't let our levels drop."

The 21-year-old Welsh international added: "We've got to keep moving forward and picking up more points."

After holding Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, Swansea play Aston Villa on Monday.

There were six changes against Spurs, with all three substitutes coming on - a sign, says Allen, of Swansea's strength.

"We've got a squad full of talent and we knew that throughout the season there's going to be injury suspension. When the games come thick and fast, everyone's going to be needed, so I think it's great to perform like that when we've made changes to the team."

Speculation that Allen might be a target during the January transfer window has been played down by Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers.

Allen has echoed Rodgers' assessment of 2011 as an "iconic year" for Swansea City, and the player says he is thoroughly enjoying the faster-paced Premier League and its differences to Championship football.

"It's been a great challenge for me personally, a big step up and one that, as a team, we've made and full credit to ourselves, we are competing against some top world-class players and world-class teams.

"You can see how quickly teams go up the other end and create chances. One minute you can be in control and looking to score yourselves, and then 20 seconds later the ball can be in the back of the net... the pace and power they have can cause you trouble."