Kevin Keegan has today backed Alan Smith after the striker’s agonizingly long run without a goal continued last night in Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat to Real Mallorca last night.
Alan Smith – too long without a goal
Smith, who is now 27, failed to score and the team failed to score, for a third successive game.
But Keegan has no doubts that Smith still brings a lot to the Newcastle side.
The Newcastle manager said:
“We’re down to one foward, but the one thing you know with Alan Smith is that he’s always going to work hard.”
Hardly a ringing endorsement of Alan, but for some reason his form has been very poor.Â Maybe it’s a lack of confidence, which would be surprising when you play for Kevin – but something isn’t right with Smith, because he’s much better than the form he’s shown recently.
Keegan was without at least nine of his senior players for the Mallorca game last night, but as ever, he is still optimistic he will have a number of them back in time for the season opener at Old Trafford on August 17.
We hope quite a few of them will be back for Saturday’s game against Valencia at home.
“I can’t fault their attitude. I had 11 players who weren’t available.
Â “We weren’t without our problems.”
“I wasn’t going to risk anybody, or do anything silly.”
Left-back Luis Enrique â€“ who played the full 90 minutes last night â€“ will still face a challenge for his place in the side, with Keegan certain to bring in another left-back to St James’ Park before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
We’ve brought in 3 players already, and they all look good players for the money, and it wouldn’t surprise us if we bring in another 3-4 before the end of August.
Keegan talked about Enrique:
“He’s come back, and he has lost weight,”
“He was told to come back fitter than he left â€“ he was a little bit heavy, I think â€“ and he’s done that.”
Now he’s just got to put the work in.”
We should be signing Coloccini some time very soon, and we need a left back too – but it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle bring in a creative midfielder too.
We’ll have to wait and see on that one.
We’re hoping for an announcement – possibly later today – at least on Coloccini.