The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Alan Smith has hit out at the club, as Newcastle United are reported to have agreed to swap him for Middlesbrough striker Mido.
Alan Smith – returning from injury next week
The proverbial inside source has told the Daily Mirror:
“Alan’s really angry about this. He has been working hard to regain his fitness and wants to do well — at Newcastle.”
“He is back in training and should be ready for selection by the end of the month.
“He does not want to go anywhere else.”
Smith was a £6M signing from Manchester United 18 months ago, and has never shown the form at Newcastle he is capable of, although we have heard several times he did not want to leave the club.
However, there may be many reasons for that, including the very high wage he is on, £60K/week, for who ius a fringe player at the club.
Smith has told the club he has no intention of leaving St James’ Park, but Alan is not in a strong position, having been signed as a striker, and still to score his first goal for the club.
Newcastle are now threatening that Smith will never play for the club again if he does not accept the move, and even in the best of times we just cannot see Alan starting many games at Newcastle, because he’s so low down now in the striker pecking order.
Smith, 28, is reported to see the attempt to get rid of him, presumably behind his back, as a massive slap in the face after spending three months working hard to get fit following an ankle ligament operation.
Well since he’s never played for the club since early September, we assume he’s been working hard doing something to earn his £60K/week, ( £780K in total since he was injured) and if it’s working hard getting back to fitness that’s what he should be doing.
Alan should not feel slighted about this – if he felt that strong about staying on Tyneside, he should have concentrated on playing a lot better than we have seen from him so far at Newcastle, and perhaps he should have scored a few goals for us.
If Alan’s feelings are hurt so be it, but this is business and Alan just isn’t worth £60K/week we pay him, and wasn’t worth the £6M transfer fee – and Alan – that’s the truth in the cool light of day.
However why we are bringing the Egyptian Mido to the club in his place is a complete different story, and surely we would have done better to get cold cash for Smith, since Mido has been less than consistent in his career in England.
The 6’2″ striker has been at KAA Gent, Ajax, Celtic Viga, Marseilles, Roma, Spurs and Middlesbrough on his travels, and while he can be a decent player, there are questions about his temperament and consistency.
In the good side he is an emotional player, much like Oba Martins, and could be lifted by the Newcastle fans, to put in some good performances, because he has the ability, there’s little doubt about that.
Of course there were also some chants at him recently from just a few of the Toon Army when he played for Middlebrough against us in the recent 0-0 draw, so he may not be too interested in a move to Newcastle.
However, we don’t think that will stop him wanting to play on Tyneside, where he’ll appreciate the terrific supporters who no doubt be right behind him.
What do you think about all of this?