Alan Smith, Another Great Signing by Sam

Alan Smith, when he first signed from Manchester United a couple of weeks ago seemed a strange signing by Sam Allardyce. Smith likes to play center forward, which he played at Leeds with Mark Viduka being his partner, and we already had six strikers at the club.
But Alan was deployed in midfield on Saturday and he looked like he had played there all his career as he, Nicky Butt and Geremi over-ran Bolton in the first half and completely dominated the midfield.

What a change in Newcastle since the end of last season – it was just amazing (and so exciting) to watch.


Alan Smith – a great team player who always gives 100%

If we thought Smith was a strange signing , his first few appearances for Newcastle have shown he’ll be a key player in the months ahead – and he’s an all round footballer with great character and ambition – and has already made himself a crowd favorite with Newcastle fans..

Alan told the Journal this morning:

“I think we surprised Bolton a little bit,”

“We showed Bolton that we’re no pushovers, that’s something the manager has been keen to instill in us.”

“Going to Bolton is always one of the most physical games you can get in the Premier League – the lads have lost their last five games there, so we always understood it would be a difficult game.”

“But the supporters wanted commitment and passion and everyone showed that at the weekend. I hope that will continue.”

Allardyce must have been pleased with Newcastle’s performance in the first half and the television shots of Sam and Chris Mort sitting together at the Reebok, showed that what they have done so far at Newcastle has all worked dramatically well – long may it last. It was hard for Chris not to smile but Sam still seemed all business, even after the third goal.

Saturday’s performance underlined the impact the 52-year-old Allardyce has had at St James’ Park in the first three months of his tenure and we hope that we can get in a few more players before August 31st to ensure we don’t come up short again in the size of our squad.

Alan went on:

“I’m sure the gaffer has a million more ideas that he wants to put to us and there’s still a lot of hard work to be done,”

“We have got to build on the result at Bolton because one result gets you nothing in a season.”

“It’s difficult to judge the club’s prospects after one game, but I hope we can build on that result.”

“We’ve put pressure on ourselves because the expectation will be there for us to go and beat Aston Villa at St James’ Park this weekend.”

“It’s within our capabilities, but we still have to go out and do it.”

Although he started his career as a center-forward at Leeds, found himself deployed in a withdrawn position during Saturday’s game but that doesn’t worry Alan who went on:.

“I’m happy to play there and I’m happy to get better in those positions,”

“I enjoyed the role I played at Bolton. When I spoke to the manager, he told me I would be playing in any one of the front six positions.”

“When you’re not at home, that position’s a little bit different.”

“You can’t get as forward as much because you have defensive responsibilities. But that’s no problem.”

Smith admitted the goal they gave away on Saturday was sloppy as a quick breakaway from a Newcastle corner caught too many Newcastle players upfield.  Smith went on:

“It was a sloppy goal that came from our corner, but we’ll be working on that before next weekend,”“We were disappointed to concede because the center-halves (Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal) were outstanding. We will continue to work hard.”

“Everyone knows the pressure that there is at the two clubs I’ve played for before I came to Newcastle,”

“The pressure won’t bother me, I’m looking forward to it.”

“Everyone knows what the atmosphere is like at St James’ Park and how good the fans are. To be successful here would be unbelievable.”

He’s so right there with that last sentence. It will be important to keep the good form going on Saturday and now Aston Villa will be ready for Newcastle’s onslaught in the first half. It will be a difficult game and much closer than at Bolton last Saturday. But it’s a game we must win to keep our initial momentum going – and also every league point this year must be fought for – they will be that important to get Newcastle back where we belong – in Europe. We also know that Smith will be giving 100% in every minute of every game for us this season – and showing his true Yorkshire grit.

Comments always welcome.

19 comments so far

  • adam

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    hes a good player that has come to newcastle with a winning attitude from scum utd. it great when he mixes it up in midfield and makes them think twice about a second touch. maybe put alan smith at rb for carr

  • Shaun

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m happy he signed Alan, another Milner and Tayler attitude in the squad can only be good for us. BSA has done wounders, watching us play Saturday was great, if thats the type of football BSA is planning then this season will be very entertaining. We still need to bolster the squad and I’m not sure we need a big money signing, just the players with the right attitude that want to play and win for Newcastle.

  • Graeme

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Have to be honest and admit to questioning why on earth we were signing Smithy, when we had 5 strikers at the club already. Apologies, to Smithy, he was superb against Bolton – very much a similar attitude to Barton, Milner in that he gave 100% from start to finish. He fought for everything that came his way and will be yet another great signing by BSA. The season is looking good and WILL get better.

  • michael

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    And Phil Neville to join him? He’d be much more welcome than Abdouyle Faye. Different class to the Bolton man. CL in two years.

  • aaron

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    yeah a quality signing, but where will he play once emre, barton are back. Geremi will be a starter every game as he is captain and i can’t see milner being left out either.

  • Chappa

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    fantastic signing BS.! i can only stongley agree with lads above and say he gives 100% start to finish.he’s a versatile player who i personaly think can play any position if he puts his mind to it..i think the starting line up 2 a fine fully fit squad..





    what you guys think..?

  • Dave G

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Very exciting times ahead i think. As I said to mates, Smith / Geremi / Butt / Milner / Nzog / Barton……………..I’ll bet not many teams midfielders will be feeling too confident about playing against this lot in our Midfield. I reckon we will have the hardest midfield to play against in the Premiership. Roy Keane, arguably the best midfielder in the world said in his book, his hardest oppo was Clarence Acuna, because he just would not leave you alone if you had the ball. All of our midfielders are a million times better than Acuna and will be a million times more of a pain in the A*** to opposing midfielders, and they can all play a bit aswell!!

  • Greg

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    No damien duff?

  • michael

    Aug 14, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Duff in for Milner I reckon. He excelled for chelsea in a front three for the two years they won the championship.

  • Kash

    Aug 14, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    I think we have got a good contingent of British players in the squad now. We could actually field 8 english players in our first team;

  • WelshWizard

    Aug 14, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    agree with michael, duff’s favoured position i think….

  • george t

    Aug 14, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

    hey kash …..could make it nine if its true that we are after phil neville!!!!!!what u think

  • luhano

    Aug 14, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    oh boy the old good times of joy and happiness are back
    at st. james park, we deserve it, we have gone through in alot of
    pains and disappointments..our team this season looks promising…
    with squad like the one we have, i have every reason to be behind the screen for every single game this season….luhano..Dar es salaam,Tanzania

  • IBUM

    Aug 14, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Looks like we are going to grind out results with these players. Anyone thinks that we aren’t going to get the furthest with all these players?

    We have not a real talented player in our team yet, one who can create, score and lead, we need one to challenge further.

    The epl is not only about player’s mental character anymore, you need skillful players which we lack at the moment. Look at ronaldo with his pace and technique, can change the game in an instant. We should be looking to sign a talented player next season after we build our foundation this season, i hope that sam realise it too.

  • Len Smith

    Aug 14, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Chappa, spot on mate. The changes I would consider from line up at Bolton are anyone for Carr, Barton (when fit) for Butt, Enrique (over time) for Zog, and Crouch for Ameobi. That would give my A team. Personally I don’t think Emre / Duff / or for that matter Owen have done anything like enough to replace anyone in the starting line up at Reebok. They go in the reserves then on the bench and earn the right, Shankly style.

  • Bill F

    Aug 14, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree with Len Smith re. Emre, Duff and Owen. Shankly knew how to bring back players. When did we sign Crouch!!! I’d have signed him before he went to Southampton, he is more than a target man, in fact I don’t think he is that brilliant with his head. I really do not think Milner can be left out now even if he has to play on left side.

  • apan

    Aug 14, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    All our players are talented IBUM doesnt mean that they cant dribble like Ronaldo they cant play? for me the combination of talent and mental strength that creates a great player, not just talent alone + attidude!

  • Bosck

    Aug 14, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #18

    IBUM, i think N’Zogbia and Milner are both players who can do a similar job to ronaldo both turn players inside out when they run at them and both have a good shot on them. I will probably get shot down for this but the way he is playing at the moment, if he keeps improving, i can honestly see milner becoming as feared on either flank as ronaldo with the next couple of season.

  • Lin

    Aug 15, 2007 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Alan Smith and Barton can bring the determination to the team. They can drive the toon to fight.


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