Looks Like Smith A Likely Starter on Saturday

Kevin Keegan talked today about Alan Smith, who Kevin sees as a center forward and not a midfield player that Sam had Alan playing when he was here.


Alan Smith -seen only as a striker by Keegan

In fact Sam had Smith playing all over the team, as long as he started every game for Big Sam. 🙁

Keegan told the Chronicle:

“Alan Smith plays the way he has played all of his life.” “He is tough and he has always got in where it hurts.”

“Those sort of players do pick up yellow cards these days – more than they used to.” “It does not help, but we have to get on with it.”

Smith, however, has been relieved of his midfield duties under Keegan, who only sees him as a center-forward.

Kevin added:

“For some people, it’s special when they play against their former clubs, and it means a bit more.” “But it would be nice for anybody to get a goal.”

“There is only Michael who has scored since I’ve come in.” “But if it’s Michael again then great, as long as we can get somebody on the end of something.”

“I don’t care, and I’m sure the fans don’t care who it is.”

Smith gives 100% on the field and he always has done and always will, and he will be a good player to have when things get tough going on the field. But purely from a form viewpoint, we just don’t think Smith deserves his place right now. We’d really like to see young Andy Carroll start with Owen, but if not then surely Mark Viduka should be given a run out before Alan.

However, these words by Kevin suggest he will start Smith and Owen, and we just don’t think that’s the best strike pair we can put out at the moment.

That’s our view – what do you think?

Comments very welcome.

65 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #1

    one word


  • cooldj

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #2

    12 words

    alright tom toon, if you change your post i will change mine…

  • sparetheman

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #3

    40 league games without a single goal. ‘Nuff said.

  • cooldj

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    ps crap.

  • AlexW

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #5

    smith is a qaulity player, y does every1 got on his back? i dnt fink es a starter but es definatley a great team player to av on the bench, im glad es startin coz at the mo e is the best fing t partner owen until oba is fit

  • steve

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #6

    we’re going down if Keegan can’t see the fact that Smith is just plain rubbish – if Smith is a definite starter we are foooked

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #7

    AlexW – The intellectual, wouldnt even count that as an opinion.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #8

    AlexW, Smith is shit mate, end of story, shit shit shit

  • AlexW

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    y tom_toon who else wud u av start? viduka? slow and lazy, carrol? cudnt even hack it in the championship so against the best team in england, no chance, ameobi? wt is ther t say and oba isnt fit, so our best option is smith, end of

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #10

    AlexW, he is shit, pure fookin shit, how many goals has he scored? NONE, thats how many, he is shit END OF

  • steve

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #11

    @AlexW – please spell correctly and use english grammer only

  • milner fan

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #12

    NO WAY! hes no striker!!! i think he is an ok mf, because he can break up play. id rather have shola as a striker. why does every manager seem like he has to fit smith in sum were?? if hes not gd enough then drop him!

  • broon ale

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    smith hasnt scored in the league since 2004! how bad is that! when you look at the likes of laursen at Aston villa. he has 7 this season. Smith is dog shit united up front

  • AlexW

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #14

    he isnt shit at all, nor is e the best, but he is our best option for saturday with oba out end of, steve go f**k urself

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Viduka is lazy, yes, he scores goals, goals win games. Viduka and not smith because Smith DOES NOT SCORE GOALS

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Id have Owen, Martins, Viduka, Carroll, Ameobi, Baheng, Danquah in front of Smith.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #17

    It is a pure waste of time playing Smith because he wll get booked maybe sent off, he wont score a goal and he will shout his mouth off at the ref and evrybodys head will go down because of it. He is shit.

  • cooldj

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #18

    one goal and maybe smith will break free of the shackles around his shoulders…. ……….nah probably not


    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #19

    I dont dislike him but we do have much better options

  • steve k

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Gotta be the Duke.

  • true

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    A strikers job is to put the ball in the net
    enough said Smith does not cut the mustard.

  • true

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #22

    However like Ameobi he probably would do well down in the championship, so he might yet be a good player for us 🙂

  • Graeme

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Andy Carroll or Dickhead Smith??? Its a no brainer, Carroll gets my vote every time.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #24

    “nuff said… end of…”

    some real clever stuff on here today

  • Rich

    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #25

    I dont think Smith is awful, but id play Viduka in front of him every time! he will get us goals and make himself useful, come to think of it Smith is shite

  • Ian

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #26

    I would love to see him start scoring goals, but he doesnt, I like him in midfield Sam did some really stupid stuff but, mainly due to midfielders being no good, Alan Smith did a better job than the ‘real’ midfielders.
    How long would Shay stay in goal if he worked hard on the pitch but didnt save goals??

    A striker has to score, he serves no other purpose. Put him in central midfield next to Gerami.

  • iain

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #27

    keegan must like the look of that big hole sam was digging himself.

    “I would love to see him start scoring goals, but he doesnt”

    call me old fashioned but i like to see strikers having shots too. never mind goals i bet smiths shots on target this season is laughable for a 6m rated cf.

  • dave

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #28

    this site talks more crap than ever

  • Gordon

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Would love to see Carroll get a chance, but we mustn’t forget just how poor he was playing for Preston this season at Championship Level….

    PS – Ed, PLEASE stop saying ‘WE’ all the time. This is a one man blog, not a newspaper, you’re not the bloody Queen!

  • Mighty Mouse

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Ian I think my jaw just hit the floor!

    I thought the last of your kind died off a long time ago?

    Geremi and Smith in CM against Manu hey?

    Will someone wake me up when this season is over?

  • hanzemre

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Ah Smith to start? Oh i know now maybe KK is applying 4-3-3 formation with Smith behind Owen &Viduka/Carroll. hmm…just maybe…maybe not.

  • steve

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #32

    @AlexW – I’m having trouble complying with your request, I think it’s an almost impossible task.

    Please give instructions on the methods you use in order to f@@k yourself on a daily basis.

    Much appreciated

  • Gordon

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Ian – no offence, but you’re completely mad!

  • Gordon

    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #34

    AlexW – you’re not a Black African American – stop all this pathetic ebonics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebonics) it annoys me too.

    Go read this to see how daft you look and check out the scans:


    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #35

    If it were up to me then Andy Carroll would be starting on Saturday.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Feb 20, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Give Carroll a chance!!!! He’s scored 4 goals in 4 reserve team matches!! He will play better than Smith for sure. Who do you think will want to impress more;

    Smith – who will play against his old club (again) and hasn’t scored a league goal for us yet and played loads of matches.


    Carroll- who is dying to play any match, anytime just to be involved with the first team.

    Viduka should start alongside Owen with Carroll on the bench. If Viduka doesn’t do too well in the first half swap him for Carroll. Leave Smith to warm up the bench as back-up, thats all he can be-a squad player!

  • Nufc Yaka

    Feb 20, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #37

    God fobid not Smith, he is rubbish! Caroll deserves a start.

    No Manc rejects against please!



  • mikeygd

    Feb 20, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #38

    its got to be a 5 man midfield to avoid embaressment with no Smith in that midfield and no Geremi

  • sas1

    Feb 20, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Steve, the correct spelling is “grammar”

    Shame it looks like Smith is gonna start

  • sas1

    Feb 20, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #40

    From Keegan today:
    “I think last week gave us a chance to look at all of the players’ fitness.

    “We did about three days’ work and then gave them three days off.

    “So we will see if we will get any benefit of that between now and the end of the season.”

    3 days off? WTF? Surely that’s the last thing to do in this situation?


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