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:
â€œThere were a lot of clubs interested in Alan (last summer) but whether clubs are or arenâ€™t interested in Alan doesnâ€™t matter.”
“Alan is happy where he is.â€
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?