Sam Allardyce was asked about the role of Alan Smith at Newcastle and he quickly answered that Alan is very versatile which lets Sam play him in a number of positions.
Of course Smith started out at Leeds as a teenage striker where he linked up with current Newcastle man Mark Viduka, although he never scored a lot of goals at Leeds and since he moved to Manchester United Alex Ferguson used him more in midfield than up front. So where will Sam Allardyce play him at Newcastle? Let’s find out.
Alan Smith – experienced utility performer for Newcastle
Sam talked about Alan Smith and was asked what he saw as Alan’s major capabilities:
“Versatile. There is nothing better than somebody who is capable of adapting to a number of positions and playing with their heart on their sleeve like Alan does, going out there and giving his all.â€
“There will be a number of occasions when we are short on numbers like we are now. In the last two games we have been short on squad numbers because of all the injuries.â€
“He is able to fill in in midfield, up front and in the wide position for us, so he is a crucial part of the make-up of a successful side.”
As we mentioned Smith made his name as a striker at hometown Leeds United but Newcastle already have 4 established strikers in Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins and Shola Ameobi â€“ and so Smith may have to continue in the middle of the park.
Sam of course has still to formulate what is his best 11 is at Newcastle with all the players he has brought into the club in the summer. Indeed we haven’t seen a number of them yet â€“ such as Beye, Faye, Enrique and Barton – due to injury or the bedding-in process.
It will be good when they are all freely available for selection because we’ll soon be up against some of the top 4 teams. Our first 10 league games avoid any of the top 4 and we would hope we’d have quite a few points by then. Losing at Derby was not good but hopefully we can capture 3 points against West Ham, on Sunday â€“ and we expect Smith to start again â€“ probably in central midfield for this important game.
What do you think?
Is Alan good enough to get a starting spot at Newcastle?
Let us know – comments always welcome.