Smith Wants To Fight For His Place At Newcastle

There was news at the beginning of the week that Alan Smith may be moving to Middlesbrough in the summer.


Alan Smith – want to stay at Newcastle

But news again today, not for the first time, that Alan Smith really likes it at Newcastle, and is very willing to fight for his place next season.

His agent, Alex Black, told the Newcastle Journal today:

“There were a lot of clubs interested in Alan (last summer) but whether clubs are or aren’t interested in Alan doesn’t matter.”

“Alan is happy where he is.”

The logic of why we expect Smith to agitate for a move is quite simple. He moved from Man United last season to get more football and since Keegan has moved to 4-3-3 he is now the 4th choice for strikers, with Andy Carroll moving up quickly.

Not only that, but we are almost certain to bring in one new striker in the summer, and it could well be the promising Bafe Gomis from St. Etienne in France.

It’s not out of the question that Smith could find himself 6th in line at the beginning of next season for a striker position, and remember that Kevin considers him a striker only.

Of course, Mark Viduka is injured a lot, and will probably be out until the end of the year with his Achilles problem, so Smith will still get some games next season.

But there are also definite signs that Keegan likes big 19 year-old Andy Carroll, and until Martins was injured late last week, it was Carroll who was going to get the run-out at Everton last Sunday, in place of Viduka, and not Smith.

Of course, it’s good that players are willing to fight for their places at the club, but we see Smith next season, in exactly the same position he was at Man United – not playing enough.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • James

    May 15, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Give Blackburn £15 million and Smith in exchange for Bentley. Good business, because Owen and Martins would score sheds loads of goals with Bentley’s delivery, and Smith is a born and bred Blackburn style of player.

  • ObaFan2

    May 15, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Nooooooo don’t stay plz, if he does at least we can have 7 players on sub bench next season so it won’t be as important that he takes up a valuable seat 🙂

    Try and recoup so money imo.

  • Neil Snowdon

    May 15, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Dear Ed,

    I agree. Smith tries but doesn’t have the guile or pace to score, neither does he hold the ball up. It would be better if he was sold on.

    I’ve written to you about the new Peter Beardsley – Arshavin. His wonderful performance reminded me so much of Peter. Pity we will not be able to entice him away from Champions League Football next year.



  • Mag 4 Life

    May 15, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    I think that all of the fans can see he’s just not premiership quality anymore maybe try to sell him and shola to stoke?

    5 mill for the pair 😀

  • Marty

    May 15, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    ED,i think this was the perfect heading for this subject………SMITH WANTS TO FIGHT lol
    I think it`s his best asset.

  • Graeme

    May 15, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Smith is a waste of money; he adds nothing and gets paid a fortune for it. He should be sold and the money raised together with his salary, can be used towards either a GOOD midfielder or a GOOD striker.

    Smith is neither of those things; his time is up, move on, goodbye Mr Smith.


    May 15, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    He’s not a striker! Look at his goal scoring record and you can see it…yes we need a replacement for DUKE sooner or later, but GOMIS would be that man!

    SMITH is behind CARROL and I can’t see him really in midfield…so wake up SMITH and see your realistic chances of gaining football at this club and then realice that you must move on. Good luck to you!

  • big pea ov the weab

    May 15, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    smith couldnt fight his way out ov a wet paper bag the fool his nufc days are numbered if boro want to pay 5mil for him then be my guest hes absolute bo@@ocks no pace no controle no goals and no passion for our club GET RID NOW!

  • JJ

    May 15, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    No please please please dont stay.
    All Smith wants to fight for are the 60k a week wages he knows he wont get anywhere else.
    If Owen agrees to a wage cut then so should Smith!!!!
    Put himm on 5 bob a month and then he can stay.
    Otherwise NOBODY wants him at the club!!!!

    ***THe other thing is, why when Newcastle has the opportunity to go for players with the quality of Arshavin do they ALWAYS leave it to the last minute and allow other clubs to come in and steal the deal!!!!!
    Its almost like they plan it to fake ambition and then they can pull out and not invest after saying… “We TRIED!!!”

  • JJ

    May 15, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    There are three REALISTIC players who we can target to play the creative role in our side:

    – Arshavin, because he plays in Russia now.
    – Elano, because Sven will be leqaving Man City.
    – Gudjohnssen, because Barca dont want him.

    Any one of these would be great but get them in NOW!

  • ObaFan2

    May 15, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Here’s some money figures for clubs this season from tv rights etc and epl positions:

    This week it was revealed that Manchester United earned £78m in television cash and prize money for this season alone, while Liverpool claimed £63.4m, £21.3m more than Everton.

    Compare that with clubs without European football, like Newcastle (£38.8m), Middlesbrough (£33.9m) and Sunderland (£33.1m)

  • Kash2

    May 15, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    I watched the UEFA final last night, and Arshavin was quiet in the first half but what an amazing 2nd half. His quality is amazing, he rarely gave the ball away but his vision and creativity is excellent. If Man Vity have slapped in a bid of £10m then we should also. Probably the next best thing to Modric!

  • Arshavin4Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    if i were KK or Mort i’d sell for half of what we paid for him without 0.01 sec of thinking. entice him with 200K goodbye bonus plus a big farewell match followed by fans’ party …

  • Kash2

    May 15, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m not a fan of Elano. I think he’s a bit too temperamental. I’d like Cisse but not Gomis. Cisse is a top player, and with him, Martins and Owen, we have 3 very good strikers who will do well as long as we play good football! Obviously the guile of Arshavin would help these strikers to score too!

  • Davies

    May 15, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Shame. Smith has a good work rate on the pitch, but little else to offer. He’s a handy utility player, but if he wants first team action, he’s more likely to get it elsewhere. James pointed out that he’s more of a Blackburn style player, and I think he’s right. Unfortunately, I doubt Mark Hughes would see it that way. It would be nice to gwt Bents in though.

    By the way, everybody who keeps saying that we should keep going for Gomis; he’s not interested. He would rather play Italian football than proper football and sees Newcastle as a “bottom of the league” team. It doesn’t matter what our ambitions are, he’s only looking at our current position.

    Perhaps in a couple of years…..

  • Graeme

    May 15, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Evidently Spuds are trying to get Eto’o as he’s unhappy at the way he’s being treated!!!

    PLEASE, PLEASE, can we not steal this deal off Spurs – he would be awesome, a true No 9 to lead the line with Oba and Owen playing off him. Would even be happy with Owen going back in part-ex!!!!

  • Leo

    May 15, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    well if smith want to fight then put him in a ring with a kangaroo like they do in the mighty boosh, it can disenbowel him haha

    or just send him on a night trip to boro im sure he would end up in a fight

  • Eric

    May 15, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18

    He’s sliding downwards. Let him slide into the Tees not the Tyne.

  • Nick Dryden

    May 15, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    all the fight in the world can’t disguise the fact the guy has zero ability to score / create goals.
    of course he doesn’t want to leave because we are the only mugs who would pay stupid money for a no mark. Thanks Allardyce. Elano or Smith, it’s a no – brainer!!!!!!!!!!

  • James

    May 15, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d loved Smith to be sold and buy Huntaleer instead,

    A front three of Martins, Huntaleer, and Owen, would be awesome

  • Craig Allen

    May 15, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Sell him to a championship side. He can go fight there.

    On another note, watched the uefa final and must say this Arshavin is impressive. Only problem is his value probably almost doubled after securing that medal and man of match in the final. Guaranteed he’s worth more now than a month ago. I see man c is offering 10 mil according to the papers. Wonder how much truth is in that.

    EDIT: Sirl also looked good down that left flank.

  • tdt

    May 15, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Haha leo i agree, classic

  • Taiwantoon

    May 15, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #23

    He tries but most of the time, he has failed. Personally don’t really think he is good enough for us, but hope he keeps trying and prove me wrong if he stay with us.

  • Bill F

    May 15, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #24

    My first reaction was the same as Martys, and I agree with Leo. Perhaps it could be suggested as half time entertainment.

    I was over the moon when he first came here as I thought we were getting a gritty goal scoring forward but he has definately lost the plot somewhere along the line. If he had turned out to be the player we all expected we would have more than happy with him but sadly no. I think he would be ok in the championship or the SPL but not the EPL. Sorry Smithy time to go.

  • seetow

    May 15, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    taxi for smith!

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 15, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

    I feel that you guys should perhaps look at him in another light.

    He is staying and he wants to be successful here. Maybe it is because he wants to repay the club or he is just happy collecting his wages here.

    I’m quite sure he is aware that his performance this season has been awful. He will probably work on it in pre-season to get back to first team and probably England squad.

    Anyway, you have no choice, if he is staying, you just got to give him a chance.

    Nicky Butt wasn’t impressive in his first season with us. So don’t write Smith off.

  • geordie in taipei

    May 15, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #27


  • chuck

    May 15, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Dont want to leave! Why should he @sixty grand a week!
    I know the guy tries, gives 100% but the net result is usually a poorly judged tackle and a yellow card , face it he is awful, could`nt score to save his life.
    Hey 99% of the fans agree on this.

  • TooooooN

    May 15, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Smith is one of the worst striker that play for NUFC. even chopra knew the back of the net!

  • Bigmatt

    May 15, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #30

    All I have seen Smith do in the black and white is slide tackle late for relativily unimportant tackles in the middle of the ground.

    All you will lose with Alan Smith is about 10 yellow cards a season. I’m fine with that.

  • richie

    May 15, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #31

    IF he comes out and says hel up his game and says hel only play up front AND promises goals .hes worth one last chance

  • gallowgate31

    May 16, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #32

    One more season for me, I like his attitude and work rate, ( but nowt else ).Fergie would be the first to admit he had no place for him in the team, we now have the same problem….

    His attitude towards playing for us persuades me to give him one more season, by no means a first team selection though, and at 60k ?

    Far more ‘interested than jerm jeeeenus’ or whatever he is calling himself these days, he should get used to ‘ reserve’.

    But if we could use any money from the sale of him he could be doing us a favour , Give arshavin 60k a week and a bonus.


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