Alan has just completed a frustrating season – mainly because he didnâ€™t get many games – and when clubs like Wolves wanted to take him on loan Glenn Roeder refused to give the OK â€“ but still didnâ€™t play him â€“ even when both Duff and Nâ€™Zogbia were injured.
We think Alan deserves another contract because he is too good and too young – with too much potential – to let go.
Flying Irishman Alan O’Brien
Oâ€™Brien has been playing well for
Lee Clark â€“ our reserve team coach is hopeful Alan can make the first-team breakthrough at St Jamesâ€™ Park next season â€“ if he stays at the club.
Lee Clark said this week:
â€œAlan is the quickest player I have ever worked with and in todayâ€™s game thatâ€™s a real asset. There are plenty of players that would love to have that kind of pace.
If we can hone his game and improve that football awareness, it would be fantastic. It would be great to use his pace more effectively.
He knows what is expected and is willing to learn. And if he and the club can come to some kind of an agreement that can happen.â€
We would expect him to be offered a new contract and with Big Sam at the club â€“ itâ€™s a new opportunity for him to shine â€“ and make some appearances for the first team. If he was not signed up (which would be a mistake) â€“ there are plenty of clubs who would jump at the chance to sign him.
Alan is another youngster who has come through the ranks at
O’Brien – born February 20th, 1985 in
Oâ€™Brien won his fifth senior
Alan has caps for
Oâ€™Brien came on as a second half substitute to gain his first full international cap.
Newcastle’s Irish Brigade – Car, Duff, O’Brien and Shay Given
Some of our players – like Nobby Solano – are getting their contracts sorted out and we hope Alan stays at the club. We thought it may be good for him to go out on loan to get games next season – but with Duff out injured it’s an excellent time for our two young left wingers, O’Brien and N’Zogbia – to get games.
Look what happened with James Milner when we finally gave him a run of games – we rest out case.
Over to you Sam – sure hope you sign him.
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