It appears that Alan Smith will not be available until late January, following his Achilles injury, so any chance of selling him in January will be difficult.
Alan Smith – future at Newcastle?
Add to that the fact that Joe Kinnear thinks Smith still has a part to play at Newcastle, and it looks like Smith will not be one of the players offloaded in January which begs the question how will Joe get the money to bring in new players?
Joe talked about Alan today:
“Alan’s around the place but he’s on crutches at the moment. It’s been in plaster and he had a surgical boot on it but he is walking on it so he’s making progress,”
“He’d be a big one to come back but he’s at least four to six weeks away from returning to training and he’s under no pressure to rush back or anything.”
“Having him back will be a big bonus for the squad. He’s versatile and he’s an experienced player who has been there, seen it and done it at the highest level. He’d be a big addition.”
“When I walked in the place I said there was enough talent in the physio’s room to get into the top half of the Premier League and it’s been a real boost for us to get the likes of Michael (Owen) and – fingers crossed – Mark Viduka back in and around the team.”
“I wasn’t sure whether I’d be around to benefit from them but the longer I’m here the better the squad has become.”
Since Smith arrived in the summer of 2007, he hasn’t shown the form of which he is capabile but maybe Kinnear can start to get the best out of him.
But we seem to be a little overloaded up front where we already have Martins, Owen, Ameobi and Viduka with some yop youngsters coming through, so it’s hard to see how Alan will get many games, even if his form does improve.
That’s why it seemed Alan was expendable and the club could maybe pick up £4M for him in the transfer market, still well below the £6M we paid Man United 18 months ago.
What do you think?