For Alan Smith – No Goals Equals No Games

Alan Smith has urged the Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan to give him an extended run at center-forward this season.


 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 – 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.

“I’d enjoy an extended run at center-forward, and I think everyone knows that’s probably my best position,”

“It’s what’s natural to me. But if I’m going to play there and stay in the team, I’m going to have to score goals.”

“When Sam (Allardyce) brought me to Newcastle, he played me all over. That never really helps you. It doesn’t allow you to become consistent and it doesn’t really allow you to become settled in the side.”

“I’d like to think that this season might be different. The gaffer knows where he wants to play me, but if he’s going to play me up there, I’m going to have to start scoring.”

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.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • DanToon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Dream on!

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    I wonder….!

  • neeraj

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    he can best score an OWN GOAL
    so no games for him……..

  • furrygiblets

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Extended run up front for the Mackems hopefully

  • Ericles

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    KK – you can give him an extended run as a comedian in a late night club if you like.

  • il Capitano

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    i think Smith can have a better season now then last season. No, he didn`t score a single goal, but we did not create to many chances either. Maybe if we can get Gutirrez going, Smith can be able to score some goals? He is a good strong, physical lad with good heading abilities. We need personalities like Smith in Newcastle, he wants to win, and influtes other with his determination.
    Howay The Lads!

  • Michael

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    I think he has a cheek to ask to be played up front. He should be happy he’s still at the club considering how overpaid he is compared to his contribution.

    He may say that striker is his best position, but that isn’t saying much. His goals record throughout his career, not just for us, is awful.

  • Irish_toon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    no whaere near the quality we’ve got, if ur a cf if ur not scoring goals u need to be making a few with some killer passes, Viduka for example, Smith never had that killer pass and certainly never had the goalscoring record .

  • Chris

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Joey Barton has been released from jail. Breaking news on SSN.

  • sas

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    “The gaffer knows where he wants to play me, but if he’s going to play me up there, I’m going to have to start scoring.”

    His attitude is spot on


    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    post 6 – I agree. He hasn’t had a fair crack of the whip.

  • Dave Atkinson

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Give him an extended run in the reserves. He might find his scoring touch again and become a realstic option for the first team after a few weeks.

  • cloudstrife

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    breakin news lads- Barton’s been released. Crikey!

  • Michael

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    He’s been shite but at least he’s being realistic about it.

  • jeff

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Having a good attitued doesnt win you football matches…some games smith played where he did get in positions to score,he didnt take the chance…Its preseason,now is the chance for him to show keegan what he can do up front…Try it out…it cant do no harm….just as long as it stops shola having a chance….Personally If Smith stays I think he’ll have a better season this time round,and maybe if he is played just as a striker we might see him scoring…..I know it sounds crazy but if keegan can give barton another chance,then smith deserves one haha

  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #16

    NUFC went on a great run last season when Smith and Duff were finally dropped. It’s not rocket science.
    Desperately disappointed that Barton is still here with Smith – 2 awful signing s by that idiot Allardyce.
    I am sure some players won’t come to us because of that physcho nutter Barton and who can blame them.

  • Fippy

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    All the press and PR folks are gathering outside Barrack road. Looks like an announcement to be made soon, 1pm is the normal official timeslot.

    Here we go

  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Smith will definately have a better season than last one. It can’t be any worse, eh?

    Having said that, I think he could be a reasonable back up.

  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Smith is on 60K a week. how stupid is that?

  • clinta

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Reading the past couple of articles ed, i’m now growing a little concerned at the lack of pre- season and match practice our other striking option have had so far, lets hope the big three get some games in soon so come first game of the season they remember were that goal thing is!

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #21

    How d’you know Fippy?

  • Fippy

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Drove past an hour or so ago on my way to work.

    They seemed to be gearing up for something important, bit strange that the collocini story has just broken too!!

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Could be about Barton like? Forgive me but what is Barrack Road?

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Useless, Use Less 🙂

  • Fippy

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Barrack road is the official postal address for NUFC.
    Youre right, it could well be for the Skip Rat

  • domtoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Sell him. His attitude can’t really be faulted but at 60k per week you have to take what the player has produced which unfortunately hasn’t been much.

    With new players coming in it might be different next season but having seen him play last season, he was rather ineffectual. Perhaps true with BFS playing his rubbish negative tactics and not given the chance to shine, but I still think we should sell, or at best (for Smith) give it until next Jan.

  • Toontitan

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #27

    If we can’t sell him by the end of August, then give him an extended run at CF in the reserves – if, and only if he starts scoring regularly, then consider him as a bench-warmer

  • Obafan

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m not a fan of SMith, but we need him. The chance is big that he will play CF at Old Trafford. I don’t like that idea, but I think KK does not have many other options. Or we should buy another striker, let us say Baptista, and then Smith will not be in the team.

    Owen: didn’t play in the pre-seasons; is he fit?
    Viduka; will not be fit for the first couple of games
    Oba: how will the poor lad react on the loss of his mum.
    Shola: good lad, but that’s it
    Carroll; not much experience at highest level and not the player we need to rely on for such a big opener

  • scott9

    Jul 28, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #29

    i mean smith is a great guy and has the heart of a lion and will always give 110% but he jsut isnt good enough if we want to challenge for top 6 ameobi is awfull needs to go so we really need another target man for when viduka is injured or needs a rest why arnt we going in for derok is that his name seems a great young target man or someone like gomez id we could afford him biut i really belive we need another striker and is would be disapointed to say the least if we didnt buy one.

  • Nenad The Serbian Mag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Well he can hardly do worse than last season…
    And if the manages THAT, there’s no doubt he will be remembered forever as the worst player ever to play for Newcastle…

    Hope he scores in one of the first couple of games of the season – that might turn it around for him…


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