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 Newcastleâ€™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 Â£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:
â€œAlanâ€™s confidence is okay but he will always work hard,â€
â€œBut we havenâ€™t done a lot of finishing yet, not much work with the strikers. Now we will be able to do that.â€
On Sunday, Smith was Newcastleâ€™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.Â 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 Â£1.5M for him – but we need more than that to let him go, that’s for sure.