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Allardyce Says Smith Deserves Captaincy

9:05 am, Wednesday, December 26th, 2007 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Sam Allardyce says today that one of his favorite players, Alan Smith, deserves to be captain in the absence of club skipper Geremi next month.

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Alan Smith - deserves captaincy in absence of Geremi

The only problem we have with Sam and Alan is where Sam plays Smith. He is good either up front as a striker or in either central midfield position, but he unbalances the team when he plays him out wide right in a 4-3-3 formation, that’s almost a fact these days rather than an opinion.

Today in the Newcastle Journal, Allardyce has insisted Smith’s performances up front have been a key factor in his side’s four-game unbeaten run. And when asked by Luke Edwards whether he had given Smith the captain’s armband in an effort to boost his confidence, Allardyce said the following:

“Alan isn’t struggling for form, that’s your opinion and you’re a Press man so it’s not my opinion.”

“I think he has led the line for us on this mini-recovery we’ve had extremely well and has been one of the reasons for it. He hasn’t scored yet, which he is disappointed with.”

“But what he has created for others, what he has brought out of the players around him and the results we have had, he has been pivotal.”

Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Derby was Newcastle’s fourth game without defeat, but let’s get real here, it was 2 points lost for Newcastle. When any team comes to St. James Park, with one point and one goal from 9 away games this season, and have already taken 3 points of their total 6 points from their only win against the Magpies, we expect that team to be hammered into the ground at St. James’ Park. And Derby were unlucky not to take all 3 points on Sunday.

But Newcastle’s manager is determined not to lose the momentum that has been built up since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal. But non-losing streaks aren’t worth much these days unless there are lots of wins in the streak. After all, theoretically you could go unbeaten all season and end up just above the relegation zone with 38 points, if they are all draws.

Sam continued:

“We are still on a run, we’ve gone four games unbeaten and we’ve got more players available for selection over these next four games than we have had all season.”

“We will go to Wigan knowing that, if we play as we know we can, it’s a winnable game for us.”

We wish Sam was more forceful sometimes. We must win at Wigan today so we can keep in touch with the better teams in the league. After all, Wigan are not a good team otherwise they wouldn’t be just above Derby in the league. 3 points has to be our target today, especially after the performance against Derby County, which was unfortunately beamed around the world on TV.

There’s no reason we cannot win today, as long as we put together a good defensive performance, and don’t give any more silly goals away. And a goal from Alan Smith would be just great too.

Comments very welcome.



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 vincent // Dec 26, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    If titus is featured in the game today, i think it shouldn’t be a hard job for us :)

  • 2 Pi55 Off Sam // Dec 26, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Allardyce is a fat Mackem fool if he really believes this!

  • 3 Nick Dryden // Dec 26, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    It’s really dangerous that Allardyce believes his own rantings and rhetoric. Firstly Smith shouldn’t be in the team, let alone captain! And that is in place of another poor choice, eg Geremi. Interesting piece with Micah Richards on Sky saying that under Sven they are playing football and not hoofing it. How I wish!!!

  • 4 UTD111 // Dec 26, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Another article where you are spot on in my opinion. Personally I think Smithy’s position is up front – he had an incredible game there against Everton earlier in the season and has generally done well as a striker who plays the classic hold-up/Lay off role and bustles defenders. I reckon we have suffered through injuries to Owen and Viduka however which have not allowed an understanding to develop. When fit its any 2 from those 3 for me – Martins has a woeful first touch and doesn’t see opportunities for others – he just blasts it from anywhere. And Ameobi – well we all know why not!
    Oh and Smithy should stay captain in my opinion – even when Geremi is back. That way Sam won’t feel obliged to always pick Geremi, whereas Smithy will pretty much pick himself due to what he brings to the team.
    Cheers

  • 5 nightfall // Dec 26, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    all i can say is: fcuk you sam and fcuk you smith…you both suck!

  • 6 adam // Dec 26, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    i hope oba plays up front so he can use his pace to confuse titus even more then he would be already.

  • 7 scott 9 // Dec 26, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    smith shouldnt be in the starting 11

  • 8 Smiffy // Dec 26, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    I fail to see how anyone can say Smith should play up front instead of Martins! Last time I checked Martins has score 7 goals and Smith has yet to score. And don’t argue that’s because Smith is being played in midfield, Milner has scored 3 from midfield and N’Zogbia has scored 3 despite playing most games at left-back. Let’s be honest here – even Nicky Butt has scored more than Smith.

  • 9 Eve // Dec 26, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Oh for the love of..fine lets give it too someone who’s just come to the club, (he could have given it to someone who has a little more experience here..ie more then half a season). Has showed us nothing in the way of consistency and has a tendency to loose his head at any given moment when times get hard. Fantastic. Yet another amazing decision from the all knowing, all seeing Sam.

  • 10 UTD111 // Dec 27, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Great News – Smithy has the captaincy – lets hope its for longer tahn just the african nations cup




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