Alan Smith Still Has Future At Newcastle


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?

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • danny hunt

    Nov 28, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    smith aint good enough, never has been. GET HIM OOT!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Versatile?

    I think not.

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  • Thelongshanks

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    I think smith can be great if he gets back to his style of play he had at leeds.Ferguson ruined him and i still think he can be a good player for the toon.

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  • toonmadtom

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    i think he should get played as an attacking midfielder, he should have a fair crack of the whip

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  • nomis_jade

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    What do people think about making a bid in Jan for James Beatie?
    I has been scoring a fair few for Sheff utd and ok, i know its the championship but i reckon he has found some of that old form by playing regularly.
    What do people think?

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  • toonmadtom

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    beattie would be a good signing but its pointless, we have more than enough strikers

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  • sav

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    He has been there, and seen it at the highest level, but I’m not sure about ‘done it,’ . He’d be a big addition – to the transfer budget.
    Flog him to QPR in an exchange for Kevin Doyle.
    There wouldn’t be any pressure – if FatAsh would do half the investing in the side he likes to imply.

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  • NUFCFAN

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    smith is terrible and beattie is on par if not worse the only think appealing about beattie over smith is 50 grand a week cheaper!

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  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    A part to play? Which one…. the invisible man?

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  • Jimmie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Smith hasnt exactly set the place in fire but if he is to be given another chance by JFK then I think he could replace Butty as a defensive midfielder. He evidently cant score enough goals to play up front but he has a hell of a workrate, so why not give it a try ?

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  • sav

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    If Butt gives away too many needless frees, just think what ammo Smudger would provide the opposition with. At least Butt has positional sense going for him.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    If Ameobi can score goals, then Smith can do it too, and do it better.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    For gods sake lads its not like he is going to come out and say yeah the fans are right alan is a piece of shite and we well get rid of him asap. If he does that no one will want him and anyone who does will know they dont have to pay nowt for him.

    I think joe has spoken well regarding Alan. He has at no point said he is an automatic starter and like shola whilst he may be a team member at times can be benched in favour of better players

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Sell him anything above £500k.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 28, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15

    If we don’t offload players like Smith to fund new purchases, where are we going to get funds as MA has shown he won’t spend much more of his cash.

    I see maybe up to four/five of following players leaving in January to fund expenditure:

    Owen (if he doesn’t sign new contract)
    Harper (if not offered new contract)
    Ameobi (ditto)
    Edgar (ditto)
    Geremi (big salary)
    Duff (big salary, injury prone although currently playing well)
    Viduka (big salary, always injured plus contract expires end of eason)
    Smith (hoping some one will buy him even if injured….)

    I don’t see us getting too much for the above, so maybe a certain Mr. Given will be sold and Harper offered a new contract…..

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  • Toon Olly

    Nov 28, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #16

    good news. smith is quality, always has been just needs to find his long forgotten form. id sooner him in the squad than ameobi any day of the week

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  • Jimmie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #17

    With the small squad we already have it would be madness to sell anyone without having a replacement in place.

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  • Desmond - DesmondBlog.com

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Smith’s confidence in front of goal is ruined in Manchester. He needs to rebuild his confidence but he won’t have the opportunity to do that in Newcastle because Joe would rather field Oba, Owen, Ameobi and Viduka over him.

    He’s not a great midfielder either.

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  • BT9MAG

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #19

    ToonOlly – in relegation battles (and let’s face it – we’re in one) past form does nothing!

    The fact is, Ameobi came in to do a job and he did it well, Smith has yet to score a competative goal in black and white and hasn’t even supplied many/any – I don’t know if we’d fetch much for Smith – but 3-4m to one of our bottom half counter parts would be shrewd business if you ask me!

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  • kid in toronto

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #20

    if you can remember the home game against arsenal last year; smith was AWESOME in that game. let him pick up his confidence in reserve games, and play him in ONE position (fatsam ruined him by making him play in every position except in goal) COME ON SMITH YOU’RE MY BOY AND I HAVE YOUR BACK!

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