Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is saying today that his other England striker, Alan Smith will become a big hit with the fans.
Alan Smith - still has to hit first goal for Newcastle
Before todayâ€™s match Keegan talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle about Alan Smith:
â€œIf it was about honesty, determination and hard work, then Alan Smith would have scored three or four goals for us now.â€â€œBut I think heâ€™s only really had one chance, and that was a half-chance. We havenâ€™t created enough for him.â€
â€œIt would be nice for him to score. Iâ€™d love to see him get a goal because he deserves to from his endeavor, honesty and work rate.â€
â€œYou canâ€™t get enough Alan Smiths around your club. Theyâ€™re good people to have. They come in every day, train properly, set good standards and have a bit of character. I like him a lot.â€
â€œThe thing is, heâ€™ll probably start scoring a goal or two on the back of his endeavor and then theyâ€™ll love him.â€Â â€œYouâ€™d love him to be a fansâ€™ favorite because he should be, but fans will see what they see.â€
The thing with Alan is he’s an excellent squad player, but not particularly potent in any one position. Keegan is right to use him up front with Michael Owen, since that’s his best position, but because he hasn’t scored any goals, we don’t think he deserves his place in the side right now – it’s as simple as that.
We having nothing against Alan and he’s a decent player, but if you don’t score goals you cannot expect to remain a striker for too long. After this piece we hope Alan goes out and scores today to make us look bad – we’d love that!
But we’d much rather see Andy Carroll or Oba Martins start today, but with these words from Kevin, it looks odds on that Smith will again start the game today. But we need a win – we need all 3 points today however we can get them.
What do you think about this? Comments always welcome.