Keegan – Alan Smith Will Always Work Hard

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.  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.

Kevin added:

“I can’t fault their attitude. I had 11 players who weren’t available.

 “We weren’t without our problems.”

“I wasn’t going to risk anybody, or do anything silly.”

Left-back Luis Enrique – who played the full 90 minutes last night – 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 – he was a little bit heavy, I think – 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.

Comments welcome.

100 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #1

    He works hard but does nothing .. totally useless player who is holding back some of our young guns who could do a far better job.

  • samgNUFC

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Smith is sooo crap … we may aswell release him as nobodys gonna buy him

  • toonfan1

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    its jose enrique not luis enrique ed

  • hanzowen

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    yeah sure he can run all day but when can he actually score goals?

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #5

    a little kid in a sweat shop will work hard but doesnt mean they earn 60k a week and play up top for best club in the country!!!!


  • toonfanjonny

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #6

    he didnt work hard last night and he had the touch of a rapist

  • neeraj

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Alan Smith Will Always Work Hard
    and he will never score a goal

  • kagthemag

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #8

    dear kev, I’m 41 years old & put me in a black n white strip i’ll graft my bollox off for ya!!

    the words “polishing a turd” comes to mind!!!

    time to move on matey. . . .

  • Jack

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #9

    I think he needs to have a rest in the Reserves, and gain some confidence there.

    Hopefully he can score there.

  • jose enrique fan

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree with KK

  • ende

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #11

    “ sucking”, is the end of that sentence.

    I was all dead set on bringing in a creative midfielder too, but more and more I’m starting to see we need to add a striker.

  • Davies

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Can’t help but agree with most of the comments here. I like Smith, because he is committed and few put in as tough a shift as he does, but at the end of the day he paid to score goals and he doesn’t do it.

    We have defenders who’ve managed to do it.

  • GraemeR

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry KK the blokes not up to it – move him on

    What happend to the 24 hour signing ?

    Colocconi ??

  • Spyro

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #14

    bored of the constant comments from KK in support of Smith, its tedious.

    I would rather here comments like,

    “We have on-going negotiations with 3 clubs for players who will definitely add quality to our overall squad, it should all be wrapped up by Friday”

  • Richard L

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Smith will also always avoid the net. Rather keep Ameobi

  • Toon1978

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #16

    WHAT!!!!!! worked hard hahaha f..k off, working hard is gannin oot the door at 6am and gettin back in the house at 7pm for under £400 a week, i mean there was once he just walked away from the ball with no interest what so ever. KK dont be daft for god sake a few of our players do not know what hard work is.

  • Spot The Zebra

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Alan Smith is very hard work.

  • Davies

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Spyro – Agreed.

  • Matt

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Smithy puts his heart and soul into it all the time but he just can’t seem to deliver the goods. Granted him being 1 man up front on his own does not suit him and there’s no surprise he didn’t score yesterday. I think if he was given a run he’d find form again but we really can’t afford to take the risk.

  • Tom

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Let Smith go to the reserves, like Jack said, let him get some goals there if he can, for his confidence. I’d be willing to let Donaldson have a go against PSV if the big three are still out. In fact, give Zamblera his shot! He should be okay now after the u19 championships, let him have a run! : )

  • Beatski

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #21

    well he can hardly bad mouth his own player, and as Ed said, its hardly a ringing endorsement of the lad.

    He has looked completely useless whenever i’ve seen him, we need a replacement for him really, but there are more important positions to fill first

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #22

    All he does is run around in circles making a fool of himself.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #23

    I honestly don’t think i’ve seen a less productive player…Which saddens me deeply, ‘cos he ‘plays’
    for us!..

    …I understand KK trying to keep his head straight but like some have said…Hoy one of the bairns in!..It’s like playing with 10 men!..
    …I hate saying these things about NUFC players!..

  • normski1930z

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #24

    alan smith could have played til next sunday and still wouldnt have scored….

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Aug 4, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    I hope KK is just trying to find buyers by saying those surprising quotes.

  • ksmit

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #26

    To be honest it’s hard work watching him “work hard”. I think we’re putting in more effort just by watching him…

  • beye the great

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #27

    i htink most of the people on this site are hippocrits when allardyce was manager every1 was complaining that our players ahd a lack of effort well smith wasnt one of these people and i think he isa good player ok i admit not recently but he is proven quality i think it may take him a while to get a goal but once hes got 1 hell score more and more give him a chance he may also need to change his game a bit the same way owen had to

  • ksmit

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #28

    He needs to change his game more than a bit at this moment. Every time he came on last season I knew something bad was going to happen. Not even looking at his goal scoring ability (or lack there of at the moment) all you have to do is see the free kicks that he gives away. He gives free kicks away on the corner of the box, he takes yellow/red cards for tackles in the opposite end of the field… It’s almost as though he is working against the team not for it!

  • Gazzatoon

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    I agree i dont think smith is good enough however, to be fair to him when he plays hes either upfront by himself or hes playing with shola(which is like playing upfront by himself). i think if he played with players of better quality such as oba or owen he would definalty look a better player. As leading the line on your own is probabley the hardest thing to do in football and makes most players look very ordinary

  • ende

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d actually prefer to get rid of Shola first. Smith at least has value as a versatile squad player. Not your first choice to start, but you know he’ll work hard in midfield or even up front (if we have a lead)

  • Nenad

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #31

    His haircut costs more than some people make in a month.

    Loan him out to Leeds…

  • Cooper

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Ok his goal ratio is non existent

    But has anyone even seen him have a shot??

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Absolutely right Ende. Ameobi MUST GO and Smith is a good back-up player but no where near the first team.

  • ksmit

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #34

    I think I’ve seen him have a shot… not really sure though….

  • Ross

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #35

    not very encouraging. i wouldnt question his commitment but without talent its a bit useless really isnt it.

  • simon376

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Smith used to be good, but since he came to us he’s done nothing. I’d much rather see one of the kids up front. Trouble with Smith is, there’s so much of a chance of him getting a card and a good chance it will be red when you look at his challenges. Evan as a forward, it’s more bookings than goals. I hope he does come good in the end, but don’t think it will be with us. Prove me wrong Alan.

  • irish_toon9

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #37

    i was ready to throw the tv out the window lastnite watching smith…brings nothing to the team…cant pass..cant score..cant hold the ball up..cant dribble…useless

  • toon 24/7

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #38

    i would prefer smith in midfield,hes was class 4 manu there,he cant score goals its easy to see that,but he is a good player. if he left us i bet we would all regret it

  • micepie

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s almost as if Smith falls between two stools, not proving useful as a striker nor a mf.

    I do remember years ago when he was with Leeds hoping we’d sign him some day, and I think Shearer was also a big fan but he’s been desperately disappointing since we bought him.
    KK has got to instil belief in Smith in the ability to score goals again – REAL belief. Or find a deeper lying role.
    I’m prepared to give him next season at least, but that’s all. Just hoping that so many under-achievers can come good – Duff included.

  • AlexW

    Aug 4, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #40

    i think this is the first year where we havnt spent money on signings, ok ffs was a tool but he still got in the signings so what on earth is MA doing?


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