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Smith Signs and Speaks of Massive Potential at Newcastle

2:41 pm, Friday, August 3rd, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

Newcastle United today signed England International Alan Smith from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee. The fee has been estimated in the press at ₤6M.

Smith, who is 26 years old, agreed a five-year contract with Newcastle and is expected to make his debut in Sunday’s friendly against Sampdoria at St James’ Park.

Although Smith is generally a striker it looks like Sam will use Alan in midfield because we already have six good strikers at the club. We expect this was discussed with Alan and he’s fine with that.

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Alan Smith – Newcastle’s new midfielder
Yes – we’ve now ordered his new shirt – he’ll wear it on Sunday – compliments to reader Richard Collins
  :D

As we had said earlier Newcastle were after Alan back in 2004 when he was available from Leeds – and we actually have now landed him – good news for the Newcastle faithful today.

This is what Alan had to say to Newcastle World today:

“There was a lot of speculation linking me with a lot of other clubs and I think there were about 10 teams in for me.”

“But once I knew Newcastle were interested and I spoke to Sam Allardyce I knew straight away I wanted to come here.”

“He’s a manager who gets the very best out of his players and I’m sure we’ll see the best of Alan Smith at Newcastle.”

“Sam told me of his plans for the club and there’s massive potential here and the manager is determined to succeed.”

“I want to be part of that and I’m delighted to be here. I’m raring to go, there are some great players at the club and hopefully we can gel as a team this season.”

Alan will be a good replacement for Dyer because for one thing – he really wants to be here and it was never clear that Kieron ever did.

Smith is Sam’s fifth signing of the summer and he has now brought in the following players:

Barton               ₤5.8M
Viduka               free
Geremi              free
Rozehnal           ₤2.9M
Smith                 ₤6M

Sam has now brought in five good players for a total cost of only ₤14.7M and has brought in ₤13M to the coffers with the sale of Parker and Dyer. This has to be the best pre-season transfer business by any Newcastle manager for a long long time – and believe me more players will soon be arriving.

Smith didn’t enjoy a very happy time at Manchester after joining them in a £7M deal in 2004 from relegated Leeds United. He scored five goals in his first seven games but then the goals seemed to dry up and he was more often than not deployed in midfield – which is where Newcastle will use him.

Smith badly broke his leg in the FA Cup tie at Liverpool in February 2006 which saw him out for the rest of that season. He appeared 93 times for United in his three years at Old Trafford, scoring 12 goals. While at Leeds whom he joined at the age of 16 he played 172 games from 1998-2004 and scored 38 goals. We feel he is a similar player to Eidur Gudjohnsen and would be surprised if we also end up signing Eider from Barcelona.

Smith of course will be joining his former Leeds team-mates Mark Viduka and James Milner now at Newcastle – and that’s good because he has already played with them, which will be a help.

Comments very welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Players · Transfer News and Rumours



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42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andy T // Aug 3, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    @Ed

    You cant count :)

    Smith is Sam’s sixth signing of the summer and he has now brought in the following players:

    Barton ₤5.8M
    Viduka free
    Geremi free
    Rozehnal ₤2.9M
    Smith ₤6M

    Sam has now brought in five good players for a total cost of only ₤14.7M

  • 2 A geordiedoonsooth // Aug 3, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Smith is a great signing & if Cacapa signs as is rumoured I think we then only need a good leftback.

    Top 6 definitely possibly a cup as well.

  • 3 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    We didn’t pay £6m for him. It is reported that we bid £6m for Smith and Silvestre, but Silvestre (the child molester) backed out because of Barton and so the undisclosed fee whould be in the region of around £4m. Pretty good price if you ask me!

  • 4 apan // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    he signed 5 years deal, comes cheap heck 1 mil more than our Chopra and is really a class player of his own….he signed long term urm mayb BSA is preparing for the worst for next season (owen or martins?) or prob we will load off caroll to loan or sell ameobi? heck who knows but im sure glad we signed him, his a fighter just like barton and milner, and now we have players who we can rely to score goals on, like BSA said, he wants goals to come from every angle not just the striker, and this is where smith fits the bills, he doesnt do fancy stuff like dyer but he will settle the job fine,cant wait for the new season!

  • 5 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Ed – I think your counting 6 because we are hopefully signing Cacapa today??

  • 6 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Andy T – I corrected it – thanks – just before I put this out I heard we had signed Cacapa – getting mixed up with the speed they are coming in.
    Someone must have had a meeting last week at the club and it seems true what Sam says – everyone is working with all guns balzing to bring in new players. Love it !

  • 7 Gavin // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Glad Silvestre didn’t come, I do not rate him at all. Would definately prefer Baines instead so all in all, a good deal and another good piece of business by BSA

  • 8 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Tez -see comment above – you are reading my mind – we think Cacapa will be announced today – which would mean the guy’s 100% fit.

  • 9 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Kash – how does Sam do it? Master negotiater if true.

  • 10 Gavin // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Anyone know what will happen if Barton is sent to jail? Any clause in his Newcastle contract???

  • 11 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    @Gavin – Probably team up with his cousin who murdered that kid with an axe or he’ll get raped or he’ll play for the prison team who will be called the “Mean Machine”

  • 12 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    @ Gavin – When Barton signed I heard there was some sort of clause in his contracts if he does get sent to jail. But I never heard it be confirmed officially.

  • 13 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Big Sam has SKILLZ!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 14 Darren // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    The reason any transfer fee is classed as undisclosed (as the Smith one is) is due to the many clauses that can affect the fee.

    It is more than likely £2m straight up, £2m over the length of contract and another £1m or £2m in bonuses based on appearances, trophies & England caps.

    Ed – Sam is not the man who agrees transfer fees, It will be Mort but at the minute most talks are being conducted by Russell Cushing the club secretary.

    Sam just gives them the names.

  • 15 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Well it is better Big Sam giving the names rather than Fat Freddy telling the past managers who to buy…

  • 16 Darren // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Fat Freddie preferred to get Bobo Balde instead of Boumsong but went with Souness’ first choice – that is widely known.

    FF has never signed a player without the managers agreement, not one of our previous managers would have stood for it, even mild mannered Roeder.

  • 17 Edd Case // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Smith is a fantastic signing.

    Plays with passion, grit and determination and will play anywhere. A shinning example to the likes of Dyer – has he actually gone yet?

  • 18 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    The Drago situation is looking promising –

    Dragutinovic: “This is the financial opportunity of my life and do not want to reject it. I know Newcastle and Alan Shearer from his days with England. I would like to play for Newcastle in the Premiership.”

    Hope it does go through – do you think he will be our left back or a CB that can cover at left back (assuming we actually get a LB in – Baines )?

  • 19 Keep Oba // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    If Barton goes to jail, he wont get paid…I believe thats what is in his contract…now for the 5.5 (.3 was to man city to pay Barton) we sent to Man City…I think we would be out on that.

  • 20 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Tez – we put an article up on Dragoand it looks – as you say – extremely promising – in fact it looks Sam has won the day against Man City.
    http://nufcblog.com/serbian-ivica-dragutinovic-seems-on-his-way-to-newcastle/

  • 21 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Tez – think Drago will be our LB

  • 22 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Ed – yea lets hope so –
    I noticed your other article. Keep up the good work… !!

  • 23 steve // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    I’m not sure about Smith, is he that good a midfielder? he aint a No1 striker thats for sure. I’m sure BSA knows what he’s doing though and he’s already said he’s a direct replacement for Dire so thats obviously where he’s gonna stick him.

    Looking good for the coming season barring more injuries – man I’ve gotta sort my digitalb sat card out quick :)

  • 24 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Smith is the Diouf type player that BSA likes. Basically he wants a player who can stir the crowd, wind up opponents and just hassle and harry defences. We’ll have to see how BSA uses him, but i’m sure BSA knows exactly what he expects and wants from Smudger!

  • 25 boater // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    hmm not so sure about this one. it’s the first allardyce signing i can’t understand completely. How is Smith a replacement for dyer? pacy, technical midfielder he is not. he has more in terms of character and resillience granted, but if zog goes to fulham i am worried that a midfield of guile and pace is being replaced by a midfield of tryers and workers… cacapa would be stunning signing though and baines is the best option out there if bids for bridge, heinze and lahm were unsuccesful.

    sams 4-3-3 is taking shape now,,, 2 decent sides emerging…

    owen viduka
    smith
    geremi barton nobby
    baines cacapa rozenhal taylor
    given

    ————–

    martins ameobi
    zog
    milner butt emre
    huntington edgar ramage carr
    harper

  • 26 Bjorgvin // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    Will be interesting to see how he’ll be using A Smith…. I cant quite figure it out honestly. . But we’ll see on sunday…

    greetings from Iceland,
    BJ

  • 27 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    im really happy with SMith, as Ed says in his article we have got rid of a player who never wanted to be here and replaced him with a player who has the 10 times the passion dyer ever showed.

    Especially since hes from Yorkshire, hell already have mates like Milner to have some crack with :)

    i just Hope Sams prediction of 4 players next week rings true :)

  • 28 Edd Case // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    No sign of Cacapa though, strange…???

  • 29 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    boater – i’m pretty certain zogs will be going nowhere. as for smith being a direct replacement for dyer personally i think he is in terms of the positions he can play. obviously he will play them in a different style but basically dyers 3 positions are right wing, attacking centre mid, and second forward. smith in his career has played right wing, attacking centre mid, 2nd forward, out and out striker and defensive mid so has even more strings to his bow. he may not have dyers speed with the ball at feet but he can finish chances unlike dyer and has a better eye for a pass.

  • 30 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    I would imagine the Capaca deal has been delayed because you can’t really talk to more than one agent at a time so they will probably speak to him now once Alan has signed the legal stuff.

    It may run into tomorrow now unless they push it through quickly. I was hoping to hear the latest on Capaca from Sam at some point this afternoon but he hasn’t spoke to anyone other than the official Newcastle United website as far as I know.

  • 31 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:05 PM

    *Cacapa!

    I can’t see that name being on the tip of the fans tongues!

  • 32 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    if the rumours of drago being on tyneside to discuss terms are true, they may be delaying the cacapa announcement so they can announce both defenders at the same time.

  • 33 t-g-w // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Everyone seems to be putting Taylor as right back in their 1st XI teams for next season. Hasn’t he completely flopped there in the past? I would rather have a new LB (Baines), Rozey/Cacapa, Taylor, new RB (????) and then have the likes of Drago, Solano, Geremi, Carr as back ups to the 1st choice defenders as well as the young guys (with Solano and Geremi playing more in midfield).

    I think the reason Sam is bringing in so many players is so we can play different styles and formations against different teams. We will be able to outmuscle teams whilst also being able to run rings around them. I’m very impressed with BSA

  • 34 Craig Allen // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    I doubt Smith is the direct replacement for ‘family problems-ex-toon whatsisname’ I see he’ll have number 17 on his back this coming season (nufc.co.uk) … interesting ….

  • 35 Craig Allen // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Oh hey! Good on Krul for securing that loan! — (nufc.co.uk – breaking news)

  • 36 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Yeah that will do Krul a lot of good. Plus with him being in Scotland he won’t play against us at any point so he should get some good experience up there.

    It’s a shame Andy Carroll couldn’t join him really. Even for 3 or 4 months.

  • 37 Ashton // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    guys what about baines ?

  • 38 firehead // Aug 3, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    i think that we sould get ashley cole for left back or baines wat do u think?

  • 39 richupindisbiatch // Aug 3, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    NEWCASTLE HAVE ALSO SIGNED José Enrique FROM VILLEREAL LEFT BACK REMEMBER THE NAME

  • 40 firehead // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    is José Enrique good and how old is he?

  • 41 ende // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    @boater

    Those lines look nice :)

  • 42 Rob Kirton // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    Smith will be good as either a midfielder or as yet another forward. That is important. Next season expect to see us playing 4-3-3 with a whole bunch of big b**gers playing right in the face of the opposition. Seem familiar? If not I suspect Bolton fans will recognise it !!!

    Taking aside apotential midfield role, I think Smudger will get a run at as a forward on occasions, given the injury history or International commitments of Owen, Viduka, Martins, Ameobi

    He is a real Sam Allardyce type of player. Instead of Dyer turning it on for 15 miniutes for 5 games a season, we’ll have a guy – who although less pacy, in every game he plays will just chase the ball / oppositon for 90 minutes and never shirk a tackle.

    Not an all time great forward or midfielder for that matter, howver somebody you’d rather have on your team as opposed to the other

    A good buy !!!




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