Lallana: I’m delighted for Mac Allister

He’s a top player with a big future says midfield partner.

By Charlie Hanson • 20 October 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Alexis Mac Allister's goal against Crystal Palace was his third of the season.

Adam Lallana predicts a bright future for Alexis Mac Allister after the Argentinian midfielder scored his first Premier League goal.

The 21-year-old had only been on the pitch for ten minutes when his fine 20-yard strike earned Albion a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Lallana said, “He’s a top player, he works very hard. It will have been very difficult coming over from Argentina. I have seen it before with young players – they need a little bit of time to adapt to the language and to the culture.

By Paul Hazlewood
Alexis Mac Allister celebrates with his teammates after getting Albion's equaliser.

“His English is brilliant and he has integrated with the group. I am delighted that he came on and got a goal because he has played well in the Carabao Cup games this season. He is one of many young talented football players we have got at the club.”

Lallana felt a point was the least Albion deserved at Selhurst Park.

“We deserved more. We’re happy with a point, but we feel that over the 90 minutes we created chances. They had a penalty and a goal disallowed, but apart from that we kept their attacks to a bare minimum.


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Lallana's Palace reaction

“We got in a lot of good situations but then didn’t get a shot away quickly enough or they made the block at important times. It was important we kept going and at the end we probably felt better than what Palace do, but we deserved a lot more than a point.

“There’s been a few games this season where we didn’t get what we deserved so we need to work on that.”