Will Keegan Be Ready To Let Smith Leave Newcastle?

There have been five senior players that have left since last season, from a squad that everybody thought was too small, to mount an attack on the upper reaches of the Premier League.


Kevin Keegan – Newcastle squad too small – will try to keep Smith

And this has been shown to be true this pre-season, because a number of minor injuries have left the club’s youngsters filling in the gaps.

We have had Oba Martins, Mark Viduka, Michael Owen, Abdoulaye Faye, Habib Beye, Andy Carroll and Kazenga LuaLua out injured this pre-season.

We mention this because Kevin has said he doesn’t want to part with any more of his players, with the possible exception of Shola Ameobi.

However, it doesn’t look like Alan Smith is really good enough for the team, and Everton are starting to make some noises for him, but we think Kevin will not want to sell, unless the board agrees to bring in another striker before the end of the month.

Smith could again be the only fit senior striker for tonight’s game with PSV at St. James’ Park, with Keegan unwilling to take any chances whatsoever in these pre-season games, simply because his squad is so small.

However, Alan had little impact since he joined the club from Manchester United for £6M last summer, and he’s also on some very high wages.

His wages are quoted at around £60K/week, and that may prove difficult for Everton to match, and Smith may not be willing to move at all, if he has to take a cut in wages.

Everton are reportedly preparing a £1.5M bid for Smith, who has started all Newcastle’s pre-season games.

That figure almost certainly will be rejected out of hand, and it’s a bit of an insult, but if Moyes increased his bid by £1M or more, Newcastle could be tempted to take it – and in the circumstances it could be a decent deal for both clubs, although a better one for Everton no doubt.

Newcastle are under some pressure to cut the wage bill and now a year into his Newcastle career, Smith still has to repay the club’s investment in him, with even one senior goal.

However, we have nothing against the lad personally, and he is very popular in the dressing room, but we pay money for players to deliver on the football pitch, and Smith just hasn’t done that.

However, we think it will take £3.5M or more, to tempt Newcastle to sell, and we think Kevin, in the present circumstances, will be unwilling to let Smith go – but maybe in January – if we can get a replacement in by then.

Comments welcome.

81 comments so far

  • AshHague

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    I say let him go for 2-3 million and buy a young striker for the same amount.

    He can’t be any less effective than Smith has been.

    I do have a nasty feeling that he’ll come good at Everton though just to annoy me.

  • stelios

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    ill just give him away…first comment

  • Ryan

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    I think we should let him go if we ever find any striker b4 the deadline

  • Nobby's Dad

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    To say 5 senior players have left gives the impression that they were 1st team players. I’ll miss none of the 5 who have left – either always injured or not good enough. Yes the squad is thin but IMO the quality has improved with the 3 – hopefully 4 (and more) who have come in

  • hitman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    keegan will let him go if we have a replacement

  • Gunnar / Iceland

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Just give him away. His wages are rediculous!

  • Drago

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    lets all hope. that Smith leaves as soon as possible…

  • adam

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    alan smith is very VERY BAD. a championship player. god knows how he became an international. he was a bad striker at leeds, man utd. nothing will change. go to derby mate

  • Buffalo

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Please sell him, 1,5m is fine, he´s worth nothing and the team will do better if he goes away.

  • Lesh

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    And if Oba’s going to be with the Nigerian squad in September, there’s another argument for a new striker to replace Alan Smith.

  • looney toon

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    smith wont even make the bench with oba, owen, viduka, and carroll all available to play upfront, plus baheng n lualua would score more than him

  • benny

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    i think he will do well if he goes to everton.

  • Broadsword

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    £3m in for smith, £6m out for Derdiyok.

    Please god let it happen.

  • liam

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    i would pay them £3.5 to take him off our hands. What a joke he is. I don’t even know what his position is, is it striker – NO, is it midfielder – NO (headless chicken runnning around not getting anything done). defender – NO. Goalkeeper – NO. Benchwarmer who might as well be at home – YES

  • Ian

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    What happens if we are stuck in the same position as Everton?

    I presume they have a large chunk of money to spend on a striker, they are an attractive team to joing but they say they have problems?

    So many that they are considering a striker, who was bought as a midfielder and hasnt scored for us at all?

    I hope we have another player lined up to replace him who is nailed on to come here.

    I am not pro Smith, I am just confused why Everton have a problem recruiting, I would have thought they would be a top choice for a young ambitious striker.

    Whats going on?

  • Chris H

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #16

    I’d say sell Smith for around £3m. Put that towards the fee for Derdyok £6m. Derdyok would be on lower wages, so I’d say we’d break even over the length of Derdyok’s contract and he can’t be as bad as Smith!

  • Pete

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    He’s on 60k a week wages? If somebody wants him let him leave, we’ll cut our losses

  • WesToon

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Im sitting on the fence here about this 1

    on the one hand our squad is tiny,smudge WOULD ATLEAST make up numbers

    on the other hand..He is fekking useless & has a huge salary(needs goals on wheels 🙂 )

    we should atleast get more than 1.5 mill,so we can replace him

    Football is so complicated

  • kieran

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    as much as i hate to say this……we will not sell smith.

    keegan loves him and always goes on about how hard he trys. i swear he even refered to smith as being “gold dust” around the club. altho id personaly just call him dust.

    I wonder what the crouds reaction would we like if he scored 2 against man united to give us a 2-1 win over the manks? i just cant imagin. ha. id be happy but in shock

    however i dont agree with booing him either. we should spur him on to prove us wrong.

    or do what we do already and just lower his confidence more and keep him in the team?

    think about it

  • ChrisL

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20

    £1.5 million…. Bite their hand off.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Cut the losses as Pete says – if Everton want him let him go there is much better out there !!!

  • Danny

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #22

    OFC we can sell him, we have plenty of talent that surely will get a better goal rate in their 37 games than ZERO!
    It wouldn’t even be a loss…

  • kieran

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #23

    i agree adam

  • Anthony

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    4M or more will be a fair price

    we tend to like giving players away in the past, shouldnt happen anymore

  • adam

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #25

    smith is the titus bramble of strikers!

  • Derdi4Toon

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #26

    like what’s been said: just give me away. will bite Moyes’ hand off to get 1.5m back. even just on 40k a week that’ll save 8m b4 his contract runs out in 2012. can someone imagine by then he will just be a rotten 32 yr old “striker” w/o a goal for 5 yrs, but pocketed more than 1om in total? real possibility i can see (tho maybe NUFC playing in championship by then)


    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    We are being linked with congo international Herita Ilunga.He is a CB and value is 2m.What a name!

  • Carlos

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #29

    The problem with selling him is that there mightnot be enough time to get a replacement (+ the extra striker we need).

    However, since Smith is so rubbish, I thik we could get a beteer young striker from the Championship for £3m, and this could be done very quickly. Don’t know who though.

  • SuperShearer

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #30

    The only way we will sell Smith is if KK is given a guarantee that he can buy a replacement. His wages are far too high and I think Ashley would be pleased to take a lower fee (not 1.5mil) to get him of the books. He’s been terrible since he has been here but a few years ago when he first joined Utd he looked brilliant, then they signed Rooney and he never got a look in. I just wonder if he got some confidence back and started to let his football do the talking whether he could be a huge asset to us.

  • dave v

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Alan Smith isn’t a midfielder or a forward, its not his fault, Ferguson messed him about positionally at Manu.
    l believe KK will unload him and bring in a real striker/midfielder, which is why Baptista looks to be on KKs list allegedly.
    As for being thin on players according to my maths we have released 5 and with Coloccini will have brought in 4 but they all look to me as though they can play in the premiership, and we still have another 3 weeks to the deadline.
    l expect Mike Ashley to have his partners on board by January and the squad situation at all levels of the club will be reviewed.
    The press are trying to destabilize our club with all the talk of takeovers and thin squads, why? Simple, they know when it all comes together we will be an irresistible force, and they are jealous, poor things.

  • toonfan1

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #32

    anyone know who ilunga is?


    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #33

    as I said elsewhere I read that moyes wants shot of baines how about mith as p/x


    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #34


  • Luke

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #35

    Won’t happen… unfortunately.


    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #36

    At £3m + we should sell.

    However the guy is obviously talented Sir Alex paid good money for him if KK can coax him out he may just surprise us with a decent second season. Half the Arsenal team have bad first seasons and go on from there….

  • Kevin Keegan

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37

    get rid of him and bring in a natural goalscorer. KEVIN DOYLE!!

  • chuck

    Aug 6, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #38

    Feel sorry for Smith, gives 100% but if asked would you sell, answer has to be yeah !
    Keep saying we have 3 CF`s ” of which 2 are sure to be out with injuries at some time this season.
    The squad is thin on the ground both in numbers and talent.
    If we start the season with this crowd, then relegation is a possibility.
    It has been obvious that a CF with size was needed for the comming season, plus a strengthened defence, yet all i hear about are
    Both Coloccini & Gutierrez seem good signings not sure about the other 2.
    Right now whether we sell Smith or not we still need a decent striker to compliment Martens and M. O.
    Cuellar will probably be available now that Rangers are out of europe, they have to sell.
    yeah I know we signed Collocini but I believe both can play CD or FB and would be nice to have a defence for a change without having to play N`Zog out of position.

  • ourman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #39

    I remember from last time with KK that he never slags a player and the worse they are the more he praises them – in an effort to instill some confidence.

    Bur Keegan is not daft – he knows how bad Smith is.

    My only concern is that the injury situation means that we might not sell. If we are considering it then hopefully that means we have another striker lined up.

    To be honest – even if we didn’t I’d get rid. Smith is so bad that when he’s on the pitch it’s like having one player less.

    Towards the end of last year, when he was dropped we were doing well and scoring goals. Without fail, that would stop when Smith was brought on. His mere presence kills everything.

    This “working hard” thing is a con. As a midfielder he ambles around in a radius of no more than five metres. As a striker he’s too lazy to try and get on the end of anything. As a player he tries nothing – never tries any pass other than a lay off – 99/100 he passes back to the player who gave him the ball.

    He never runs with the ball and never tries a shot. He will NEVER score like this.

    No pace. No skills. No workrate. No tricks. No eye for goal. No strength. No height. Nothing that might mark him out as useful to a team in any way.

    Let’s not forget – not only has he not scored he has also not made one single assist.

    What he does do is occasionally he puts in a late challenge (not a tackle – a foul) and those people who know nothing about football mistake this for commitment.

    I would give him a free transfer – but £3m would be like Christmas.

  • Nick Butt no.22

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    Don’t sell Smith sell AMEOBI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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