Alan Smith and Nicky Butt are the most booked players this season for Newcastle United and each has already picked up 7 yellow cards. Their first 5 saw each of them miss one game through suspension.
Alan Smith – has 7 bookings, the same as Nicky Butt
With injuries and suspensions the last thing Sam wants over the Christmas football fixtures it may be a little surprising that Sam is telling them both to keep getting stuck in. As we know we lose four players to the African Nations Cup next months also, which doesnâ€™t help matters.
Sam said today:
“With four players going away to the African Nations Cup, and tomorrow seeing the start of a spell of four games in 10 or 11 days when we’re likely to pick up injuries, the last thing we want is to have any of our players suspended.â€
“We know that Nicky Butt and Alan Smith are on seven bookings each, but they are under instructions to keep playing their normal games.â€
“Certainly, there’s no way we are going to ask them to curtail the physical side of their games, which is part and parcel of their make-up. We’ll look at the situation after our next four games.”
Once Smith and Butt get to 10 bookings, they will then need to serve a two match ban, and in all honesty we expect that to happen. But they will lose their edge if they don’t play their natural games, so itâ€™s good that their aggressive play for Newcastle will continue. Maybe Alan can also score his first competitive goal for the club tomorrow.
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