One of our few disappointments with Kevin Keegan, since he took over as manager, is that he seems to have the same enthusiastic opinion about Alan Smith as Sam Allardyce did.
Kevin Keegan – big fan of Alan Smith
We know Alan works his socks off in games, and that’s very good, but does he have the skill to be a starter for Newcastle? We donâ€™t think so.
Kevin Keegan talked today to the Newcastle Journal today about Alan:
â€œAlan Smithâ€™s working his socks off. Itâ€™s a hard job playing up front when a teamâ€™s not getting a lot of good possession.â€ â€œItâ€™s a great place to play if youâ€™re like (John) Carew on Saturday and youâ€™re getting the ball at the right pace and itâ€™s got the right weight and in the right areas.â€
â€œBut our front two have had to fight and battle for scraps and I think the two of them have done well considering.â€â€œAlan hasnâ€™t scored goals and if you judge him by that youâ€™d say he hasnâ€™t done very well. But if you look at his work-rate, his enthusiasm, I thought first half, he was just about the best player on the park.â€
â€œHe got us a lot of possession which was probably 50:50 or 60:40 their favor. I like him, I like his character. Every club needs an Alan Smith around â€“ bubbly, lively, bright and who cares.â€
We think Alan is a very good squad player but should not start too many games. One of the problems we seemed to have on Saturday was that we didnâ€™t have our strongest available team on the park.
Faye, Viduka, Enrique and Emre should have started and Butt, Cacapa, Carr and Smith should have been on the bench. Blind dedication to players is not healthy, especially when relegation potentially looms.
We seem to be in a bit of trouble on the relegation front, and what Newcastle fans have to do now, through the end of the season, is support the team big time, especially when we play our home games. Wins in those games will save us.
There’s no reason why we cannot register wins against Blackburn, Reading, Fulham, and Sunderland at St. James’ Park before the end of the season. If we can do that we’ll be safe enough with 40 points, even if we lose the other 8 games.
Kevin will then be given the go ahead to revitalize the team, and that’s got to be exciting in the summer for Newcastle fans everywhere. 😀
Comments very welcome.