Alan Smith seems worried, like the rest of us, about Newcastle United’s lack of depth ahead of this new crucial season.
Alan Smith – worried by lack of depth on Tyneside
Not only have we so far failed to recruit many new players, but Kevin Keegan’s preparations for next season have also been negatively impacted by the absence of a number of first-team players, for one reason or another.
Keegan has so far added Jonas Gutierrez from Real Mallorca, and Danny Guthrie from Liverpool to the squad, and it does now appear that we may land a couple of players this week – with Fabricio Collocini being the latest player we have bid for – so fingers crossed on that one – but the club has to move as quickly as possible to wrap that deal up.
Smith, has played in both Newcastle’s pre-season friendly games, and is concerned by the club’s current lack of first-team options with the new season less than 3 weeks away.
Smith told the Daily Express today:
“To see people missing in pre-season, that’s the biggest worry. But if we can get all those players fit, it will make a big difference.”
“Near the end of last season, we were fortunate to have just about all of our players fit and we put a decent run together. We need to get them right for the start of the season.”
“Realistically, for this club, the top half of the table is a must.”
“When you look around the dressing room the quality is there. But football now is more and more of a squad game, where the number of players at the club is important.”
“At the moment, we have not got that available.”
This is also going to be a key season for Smith, since he was less than impressive in his first year at the club.
But it’s now clear that Keegan will be keeping the former Leeds star, but we still think it will be difficult for him to get a game up front, once Owen, Martins andÂ Viduka return to full fitness and training.
But we’re also happy to be surprised by Smith this coming season, and if we are to do really well, we’ll need Alan and a few of our other fringe players to have really good seasons.
Certainly there has never been any doubts about Alan’s fighting qualities, character or determination, and from what we hear he’s a great lad to have in the dressing room.