The mystery of where Alan Smith will end up is no nearer to being sorted out than when it was announced last Friday (by the Daily Mirror) he would be joining Newcastle. Then the Mirror announced yesterday that in fact Smith was joining Middlesbrough.
Smith is on holiday in sunny Florida right now and nothing will happen until he returns on Thursday – but if Allardyce really wants him we think the odds are in Newcastle’s favor.
While Middlesbrough may have a lead on Smith over Newcastle at this moment – it is not known who Alan would want to join. However, we would hazard a guess that with Allardyce now in place as manager and English Billionaire Mike Ashley the new owner of the Magpies â€“ Smith may look at Newcastle as a real opportunity over Middlesbrough.
The stage is being set for real success at Newcastle and Smith should be well aware of that.
Smith’s agent Alex Black tried to shed some reality on the situation yesterday:
“There is a lot of stuff going about at the moment.
“But nothing is going to be done until Alan comes back from his holiday.
“I read various reports over the weekend that he was supposed to be going to Newcastle, Portsmouth and Sunderland as well. So, we’ll have to wait and see.
“Alan (Smith) has been concerned about his future ever since United chose not to exercise a clause in his contract, which would have seen it extended by another year to 2010.
“Obviously, you’re going to have some question marks in your head as to where that leaves you. “I think if you’re definitely not wanted, you need to be told that.”
We think if Sam Allardyce really wants Smith (and that’s not too clear at this moment) â€“ he probably has the best chance of any club to capture him. Smith would be a good utility player for the Magpies – being able to play a number of positions from holding midfielder to out and out striker.
But we must also have more defenders coming in quickly over the next couple of weeks.