I think that playing in an Allardyce team might just suit him. He will be left in no doubt whatsoever what his role is and will be able to concentrate on defending, rather than pissing about knocking the ball across the back.
I get the feeling that he's the type of player that Allardyce will like having around. Yes, he is a bit rash, but he has that little nasty streak too. If S.A. can channel that nastiness into more controlled aggression, we may not have to rush out and buy a centre half.