Alan Smith has urged the Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan to give him an extended run at center-forward this season.
Â Alan Smith – if he doesn’t score he wont play
But that seems rather unreal given that Smith has yet to score a senior goal for Newcastle after a season at the club.
He has also admitted the obvious -that he will have to start scoring goals if his ambitions of playing up front for Newcastle is to become a reality next season.
Smith started as a striker for his second pre-season game in a row at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, but for the second weekend in succession, failed to score playing against non-Premier League opposition.
The England international’s only goal for Newcastle came in a pre-season game against Sampdoria last summer â€“ and it was a nice header to be sure.
Smith spent a lot of last season playing in midfield under Sam Allardyce, but once Kevin Keegan came back to the club, he said he considered Smith a striker, and Alan started very few games for the new gaffer, with his lack of goals the obvious major concern.
Smith seems desperate to start the new season at center-forward, but at least he’s being realistic by freely admitting his current form is hardly helping his cause.
â€œIâ€™d enjoy an extended run at center-forward, and I think everyone knows thatâ€™s probably my best position,â€
â€œItâ€™s whatâ€™s natural to me. But if Iâ€™m going to play there and stay in the team, Iâ€™m going to have to score goals.”
â€œWhen Sam (Allardyce) brought me to Newcastle, he played me all over. That never really helps you. It doesnâ€™t allow you to become consistent and it doesnâ€™t really allow you to become settled in the side.”
â€œIâ€™d like to think that this season might be different. The gaffer knows where he wants to play me, but if heâ€™s going to play me up there, Iâ€™m going to have to start scoring.â€
Smith in fact never looked like scoring on Saturday afternoon, as a Newcastle side lacking 10 first team players slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium.
With neither Smith nor an ineffectual Shola Ameobi, who will surely have been transfered by the time August 31st comes along, offering much up front, we never really looked like scoring too many times.
It’s very simple for Alan Smith – if he doesn’t score goals he will not get games, and for a striker that’s just the way it is.