Alan Smith, who had one of his best games for Newcastle on Wednesday evening against Arsenal, has been talking to the Newcastle journal today.
Alan Smith in training
As we all know, Alan has been used by Big Sam all over the place. In central midfield, on the wing and up front. But Alan prefers to play in attack and heâ€™s right when he says his best games for Newcastle have come when heâ€™s played up front. Letâ€™s take a look at what Alan said this morning:
â€œThe best performances Iâ€™ve had (for Newcastle) this season have come in the three games that Iâ€™ve played up front,â€ â€œThatâ€™s no coincidence. It is the position that suits me the most.”
“Newcastleâ€™s supporters havenâ€™t seen the best of me yet because Iâ€™ve played in several different positions. Itâ€™s something Iâ€™m willing to do because the team is the most important thing. But sometimes it doesnâ€™t benefit you as a player.â€
Alan is a great team player and always seems to put the team before himself. But he is very keen to start every game and at the moment is keeping out Mark Viduka, his team mate at Leeds United from the starting eleven. Alan continued:
â€œPeople expect great things from you coming in as a big signing from another club,â€ â€œIâ€™ve given performances that are good for the team, but to be honest, theyâ€™re unspectacular. You canâ€™t do a lot as a defensive midfielder.â€
â€œYou canâ€™t get forward and attack but itâ€™s more eye-catching playing up front. Youâ€™re always involved, but Iâ€™m not on a crusade to be a hero. Iâ€™ve come here to be part of a team and itâ€™s always better to be part of a winning team.â€
â€œItâ€™s all about the team rather than the individual â€œIâ€™m not going to go to the manager and tell him â€˜Iâ€™m not going to be playing in that positionâ€™. Iâ€™d do anything to help us improve our position. It doesnâ€™t always benefit me but thatâ€™s not the most important thing.â€
We have to say that Sam Allardyce has brought in some good players but most of all, they seem to be team players. Weâ€™ve never seen the team play so well together as a team as they did on Wednesday evening. They seemed to hunt in packs, where two or three players would challenge for the ball, and between them would wrestle the ball away from Arsenal. It was just wonderful football to watch, and if we can play like that under Big Sam, where we hardly ever played the long high ball, there will not be too many complaints.
As far as Alan Smith goes today, it would be very nice if he could get a goal for us, in what we hope will be all 3 points this afternoon.Â We certainly need them.
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