Sam – Smith Is Newcastle’s Utility Man


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.

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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.”

“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.”

“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 – 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 – 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 – and we expect Smith to start again – 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.



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10 comments so far

  • Doctapaul

    Sep 22, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Smith ain’t a winger based om Monday’s performance.

    Either replace Butt or Geremi with Smith or move Geremi out wide or play 442 diamond with Smith at apex

    Home formation…..

    ——————Smith
    ——Zog———————–Barton
    ——————Geremi

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  • Ben

    Sep 22, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    home formation….when fit…

    ……………ameobi……..owen………………

    ……………………..smith……………………..

    Nzogbia………………………………..Milner

    …………………….Geremi…………………….

    Enrique…….Rozey……Taylor……..Beye

    …………………..Harper………………………

    Subs…..

    Given
    Cacapa
    Barton
    Butt
    Martins.

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 22, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Smith is not a winger but supporting the front 2 from CM is a better position for Alan, if he’s to stay in midfield.

    In January when Martins is away, I expect Smith to play in attack as Owen and Viduka will miss games through injury and Ameobi needs to show heart and determination that he wants to stay and play for Newcastle…..

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  • Graeme

    Sep 22, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Ameobi needs to be shown the door, never mind heart and determination. Sorry, but he just hasnt got what it takes to be a Premiership striker, leading the line and scoring or making goals. He’s a great bloke, loves the club etc, but the fact is, on the evidence, he just isnt good enough.

    Taxi for Mr Ameobi!!!

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  • Brian

    Sep 22, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    After the big injury Alan Smith had in the Manch.U-Liverpool game he has not been the same. He is not scoring enough goals and he is not creative enough to play for a top team. Newcastle has to many of his kind of players they need goals from midfield. Emre, butt, Geremi, smith, will score about 5 goals together in a season.

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  • nightfall

    Sep 22, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    when all fit:

    …………….given

    beye cacapa rozehnal enrique

    milner geremi n’zogbia duff

    ………martins owen

    or:

    …………….given

    beye cacapa rozehnal enrique

    milner geremi barton n’zogbia

    ……….martins owen

    and sell emre, babayaro, ameobi, carr….and smith!!!

    and get another LB and AMR…

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  • DC

    Sep 22, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Viduka over Ameobi any day. And Given over Harper..

    Home formation when fit….

    Given
    Beye
    Cacapa
    Rozehnal
    Enrique
    Milner
    Butt
    Smith
    N’Zogbia
    Viduka
    Owen/Martins

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  • Dave

    Sep 22, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #8

    amiobi an established striker . youv got to b joking. smith is a much better target man

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  • iain

    Sep 22, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #9

    i think once carroll comes back shola will be sold to make some money for transfers.

    how much did boro bid for him again ???

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  • Richard

    Sep 22, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Ben why the hell have u got ameobi in ur team before martins? taxi for ben

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