"You can read stats how you like," said Allen to the Daily Mail. "It's great personally to hear those things; to be associated with those players is a dream. Xavi and Iniesta are two players I admire massively. They really inspired me to play a similar sort of football.
"If you think I'm small now you should have seen me when I made my debut (as a 16-year-old against Blackpool), you would be surprised. I was even slimmer and smaller then. When I was younger coming through it was a big issue for some people.
"I was always confident there were other aspects of my game that were better off because of my size. But there were a few doubters. I've been lucky every manager I've played under at Swansea has been someone who has played the style of football that suits me down to the ground."