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:
â€œAlan Smith plays the way he has played all of his life.â€ â€œHe is tough and he has always got in where it hurts.â€
â€œThose sort of players do pick up yellow cards these days â€“ more than they used to.â€ â€œIt does not help, but we have to get on with it.â€
Smith, however, has been relieved of his midfield duties under Keegan, who only sees him as a center-forward.
â€œFor some people, itâ€™s special when they play against their former clubs, and it means a bit more.â€ â€œBut it would be nice for anybody to get a goal.â€
â€œThere is only Michael who has scored since Iâ€™ve come in.â€ â€œBut if itâ€™s Michael again then great, as long as we can get somebody on the end of something.â€
â€œI donâ€™t care, and Iâ€™m sure the fans donâ€™t care who it is.â€
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.