Alan Smith, who is finally on his way back from his Achilles injury, will make a return to action for Newcastle United Reserves tonight after a five-month lay-off.
Alan Smith – to play for Reserves next Tuesday
In fact Smith has never played for Newcastle this season and was an unused substitute in our first two league games at Man United (1-1 draw) and at home to Bolton Wanderers (1-0 win), before he picked up his injury in training.
Having returned to action at Newcastle’s Benton training headquarters last week, Smith takes his place in Richard Money’s Reserves squad which travels to the Ewen Fields home of Conference North side Hyde United, to face Manchester City.
While Smith may be able to help the first team through the end of the season, we think he’s a top candidate to sell in the summer, and reduce the club’s wage bill by at least £60K/week.
The club will pay high wages for players, but not to players who at best seem to be only on the fringes of the first team, as Smith is.
So if Alan doesn’t come on strong this season, expect Kinnear to be put under a lot of pressure to sell the player in the summer.
Coach Richard Money will choose from the following squad for the 7pm kick-off next Tuesday:
Tim Krul, Max Johnson, James Taylor, Shane Ferguson, James Marwood, James Tavernier, Darren Lough, Paul Dummett, Jonny Godsmark, Mark Doninger, Bard Inman, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Alan Smith, Nile Ranger, Greg McDermott, Michael McCrudden, Matthew Grieve