Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager has talked about Alan Smith today to the Newcastle Journal, so let’s take a look at what Sam has been saying about our utility player, who had an excellent game on Wednesday leading the line.
Chris Mort and Sam Allardyce – Smith is Sam’s kind of player
Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œAlanâ€™s keen to get games up front,â€ â€œHis performances in attack have led me to put Mark on the bench and thatâ€™s a huge disappointment for him. “
“But Alanâ€™s performances have helped us to turn a difficult period around and I feel that his last two performances have been his best in a Newcastle shirt.â€
The only thing missing from Alanâ€™s game is goals, and he has never been a prolific goalscorer, even at Leeds United, when he partnered Mark Viduka. But he lets the opposition players know theyâ€™ve been in a game. He did that well on Wednesday evening and the Arsenal defense was more than rattled a few times by the Newcastle attack.
â€œAlan has got the desire to upset opposition defenses and then use his abilities,â€ said Allardyce, who paid Manchester United Â£6m for Smithâ€™s services this summer. â€œOur other strikers want to use their abilities first before using their physical capabilities. He tests a defenderâ€™s resolve first, and then he uses his abilities to start attacks from there.”
â€œHe did it (this week) against Arsenal and it proved important. He upset them and that gave us the momentum we needed to build the constant pressure that led to the goal that we deserved. Iâ€™d like to see an end product, but heâ€™s doing a job for the team and thatâ€™s what players have to do. Heâ€™ll do a job anywhere for the team. Iâ€™d like all the players to be like that.â€
After news in the tabloids this week that the players were in some kind of revolt against Big Sam it was just great to see our display on Wednesday evening, when they certainly looked to be very together. It has certainly lifted the spirits of our great fans. But we really need a win today to maintain that spirit. It will not be easy against Birmingham City, but we have to get used to producing the same intensity in every game, just like the top teams like Arsenal are able to do.
Thatâ€™s our next major step this season. Performing in every game â€“ but also picking up all 3 points whenever we can. Players like Alan Smith in the side can certainly help us do that.
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