Smith Confidence Is OK – Kevin Keegan

There were some deriding cheers from the Newcastle fans on Sunday night, when the 27-year-old Alan Smith attempted a shot at goal, in Newcastle’s match against Real Mallorca.


Alan Smith – striker hasn’t yet scored in 37 senior games for the club

The Yorkshireman was signed by Sam Allardyce last summer for £6M from Manchester United, and hasn’t scored yet in a senior game for the club.

Many of those games, to be fair, were in midfield, or out on the right wing, when Big Sam was manager.

Kevin talked about Alan today:

“Alan’s confidence is okay but he will always work hard,”

“But we haven’t done a lot of finishing yet, not much work with the strikers. Now we will be able to do that.”

On Sunday, Smith was Newcastle’s only fit striker, and it’s not surprising we failed to score for our third game in a row.

As we had suggested yesterday, we’re just not sure what’s wrong with Alan right now, because he’s a much better player than he’s been showing for the club recently.

Usually that’s a confidence thing, but if Kevin thinks that’s OK, it’s got to be something else.  But now Smith is in danger of being shipped out with Ameobi, before the end of this month.

If we do transfer him, we’ll lose quite a bit of money, and Everton had the cheek today to offer £1.5M for him – but we need more than that to let him go, that’s for sure.

Comments welcomed.

129 comments so far


    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Good midfielders score goals, do I need to say more.

  • Ericles

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope he has the confidence to ask to leave. Take the 1.5m KK and think yourself lucky at the price!

  • cockney magpie

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    am i the only one getting sick to death with hearing news about Alan Smith everyday? IMO he is a pointless player therefore news about him is pointless. Even news about him leaving is pointless because even when he is here he actually isnt if ya no wat i mean. waste of space (sorry if that sounded harsh but its the truth)

  • hitman

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    dead wood get rid of him

  • JOeT

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #5

    I like the guys attitude and commitment, but by god has he let his game slip! Injuries or otherwise, he has to go!

  • cockney magpie

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    we may aswel of paid £6m for a jar of fresh air

  • Matt Lacey

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #7

    He needs to prove to all of us that he can do a job, that he’s actually useful to the team. Based on his performances since we’ve signed him I would put most of our teenage reserves in the side before him! Since he’s been here he’s been a hopeless midfielder who gives free kicks away in dangerous areas, picks up needless yellow cards for badly executed challenges and has played as a striker who can’t even get a decent shot on target.

    Why is he in the team? I would so much rather have lazy/injury prone/etc players who occasionally pop up with something awesome, e.g., Dyer, Emre than him.

    He’s had his chance to prove to us that he deserves to be in the starting lineup while his competition is out injured, so as far as I’m concerned he’s got until Martins and Owen are fit again to prove he’s up to the job, else he can f**k off somewhere else for all I care.

  • ObaFan2

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    cockney magpie, agree, abosolutely useless ! USE– LESS

  • Curly-cinni

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #9

    has smith eva seen himself play?

    This guy couldn’t score if he was partnered up front with a hooker!

    My solution is to play one of the fans up front if tight ashley don’t want to splash the cash!


    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    The problem is we ain’t got any confidence in him! get rid!


    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    I would rather see Taylor stuck in as a make shift striker, at least the opposition would know he was there and he has scored some good goals. Which is more than you can say for the Invisible man

  • t-g-w

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    I do actually feel sorry for the lad. Was a great player at Leeds, got a big move to Man U, played very well for them at first and had an excellent goal-scoring record. But then Van Nistelrooy walked back into the team having been injured. And then he was never the same player after Sir Alex tried to convert him into a midfielder and after that injury.

    That said, he is no longer good enough to be at this club. Get rid even for £1.5 million.

  • domtoon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s cos he came from Man U and has now lost trace of any form he once had.

    Whoever said we should stop reading about Smith is correct – he is a nothing, pointless, waste of space and anyone defending him, please direct me to 3 defining moments he has made a difference to our squad.

    Even with the some of the dire performances we put in last season, the other players contributed in some way, but this man Smith, he just runs and runs and runs. Energetic, hard-working yes, but productive and of utility to the squad – NO!!!

    How long has it been since he scored a goal?? Looooong time.

    Sorry – rant over.


    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    the problem is, He’s not bothered he spends 5 days at the training ground in the gym knocking a few footballs around and at the best sits on the bench for a rediculous wage! the same goes for a good few others!! WHO SAYS ASHLEY DOESNT WASTE MONEY????

  • tamil toon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    the funny thing is bill is right – taylor has scored more than smith n probs score more if played up front than smith

    aka smith = rubbish 1.5 millions is great 🙂

  • looney toon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #16

    just read on 606 apparently is it siberskis bday 2day – a much better striker dan smith too

  • Ian

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Our problem isnt Alan Smith, our problem is that when we have injuries we do not have a player who was originally employed as a first team striker to step in to the role.

    Alan Smith was employed as a midfielder because he was better in that role and no good as a striker because he didnt score enough goals.

    None of the midfield players score enough goals, KK has identified the problem and is working on it, we need all of our midfield to score more goals and Smith to start scoring goals, it may be us the fans getting on their case putting them off, other players or just historic poor coaching but it needs resolving.

    Look at the list of low first team scorers, Parker, Emre, Duff, Milner, Barton, NZogbia, Smith, Ameobi, Carroll and so on, we have a historic problem which needs sorting.

  • Ian

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #18

    looney toon and Sibieski was a midfielder!!

    Again looked upon as a low scoring striker!! He should have been given a two year contract and moved back in to midfield.

  • faustino

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Realistically they’ll give him another season. The chances he’ll be in our 09/10 squad will depend on the next 12 months. But he will be here next season.

    Surely Ameobi is closer to the door than Smith?

  • JOeT

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #20

    id rather have ameobi than smith! at least he can take a man on…well!

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Which one’s Smith?

  • James

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #22

    We pay Smith nearly a quarter of a million pounds every month in wages – WHY OH WHY OH WHY OH WHY OH WHY OH WHY

  • reillers

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #23

    It baffles me to think that he used to play for Man U. That wee lad not only played but started a lot of games, the other players loved him, praised him and such. The games he played he was actually pretty impressive, especially that 7-1 win, he inspired the other players, because he’d be running down the ball and such, working really hard..etc..
    He was a good enough player once upon a time, just one wee question..
    What the hell happened?!?!

  • domtoon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Ameobi is a bad joke. Ideally we need to replace them both, but I accept your point Faustino that Smith will stay next season.

    Thing is – Smith was once great, but like I said – I can see no trace of any of his old form. The best footballers make do and score goals no matter the circumstances, but he, just, does, nothing!!

    It’s so infuriating because I just want the team to do well :’o(.

  • Michael

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Alan Smith was overrated at Leeds because he was young and English. Peaked in his early twenties and has only reached double figures in the league once. Ferguson tried to convert him to a midfielder to save his career, but it failed. I bet Fergie couldn’t stop laughing when we bid 6 million for a dreadful midfielder/ below average forward.

  • looney toon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #26

    ian – true n yeah we should have given him a new 2 year deal he defintly deserved it , he put his heart n soul to newcastle n suprised all of us with his performs. Should have kept him n not gt smith – would have saved 6 million plus saved 60k a week

  • Graham

    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #27

    His confidence may be ok – its his goalscoring thats shite!

  • Stamford Toon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Has KK lost the plot?

    Confidence in Smith, nobody else has!

    We’re going to be the fittest club in the prem, with so many injuries before the season starts?

    New signing in 24hours? It’s a long day!!!

    A good pre seasons programme, three 1-0 defeats and not much to cheer about!!!!

    Keegan Magic. Boring football so far.

    Keegan the communicator, we keep hearing the same platitudes and virtually nowt else.

    Need another 3/4 players. How often have we heard this and still nothing.

    He said he would always speak his mind. We hear nothing is he gagged?

    Perhaps he is passed his sell by date.

  • pontus

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #29

    you guys said “good midfielders score goals”. so we dont have any good midfielders then.. why dont just buy 11 new players? stop blame it all on smithy

  • Eyeball

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Confidence isnt the problem….Its the complete lack of ability thats the problem!!! £6M sir alex mustve been laughing his boobs off!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #31

    More Spin,
    smith is CAK.

  • Ross

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #32

    i see QPR have brought in a 19 year old from real madrid?
    he was apparently considered a jewel in madrids youth set up.

  • 51times

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #33

    We’ll be the fittest side in the league…doesn’t matter if you can run if they haven’t been working on their finishing etc, does it? What is Keegan doing?

  • DanToon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Well if his confidence is ok then it must be his ability that is shocking!

  • 51times

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Ross – Daniel Parejo, and it’s only on loan.

  • mozza

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #36

    hps, i’m beyond worried now pal, we dont look like wev’e got a goal in us and while other teams like pompey and fullham spend their sky money and take a risk wer’e doing nowt, being in the stands with the fans and buying a few rounds at the blue bamboo stinks of tokenism imo, if as it seems Ashleys intentions for the club have changed or were never there to begin with

  • Eyeball

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Ross

    Yeah its Daniel Parejo, dunno if they paid for him to come over on loan or not but he is seen as a quality youngster, Ive said this before if we arent wanting to spend a load on transfers get loans in, You could have Hobbs of liverpool and traore of arsenal for def!!

    Im worried that smith will be given the run up front he wants because once again owen and viduka wont be fit!!

  • mozza

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #38

    eyeball i didn’t think i could get any lower, but after reading ya last sentance about smith i feel like squirting bleach into me eyes and throwing mesell in front of the tractor thats cutting the grass on the field opposite me hoose

  • Macas

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes Smith has generally been very poor for us but he was man of the match against Arsenal at home, and scared the life out of their defenders with his commitment. As for Keegan backing him, what’s he supposed to do?? Slag the lad off? I’m sure that will improve his confidence! We have FIVE strikers injured at the moment so we will have to put up with Smith and support him when he is on the pitch. Unfortunately its entirely predictible that he will get booed by a large number of fans which helps no one.

  • nufc toon malaysia

    Aug 5, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #40

    for me i would keep alan smith..look at him when he played for manchester united time..he was kinda great..he is lack of performing scoring because of sam allardyce din let him play at striking part(his position) common sence…a striker turns to a midfield n den right wing n den back to striker…re-think….


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