Alan Smith came through a good 65 minutes of play last night for the Reserves against Manchester City (we lost 3-0), and could well be in Joe Kinnear’s squad for the derby game against Sunderland at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
Alan Smith – fit again and ready to fight for the club
Smith told nufcTV in an interview today:
“There was speculation about going to Everton but that was never the case and I just want to make that clear – I never wanted to go anywhere,”
“That’s also been the case recently when I was linked with Middlesbrough. As soon as I spoke to the manager he said I was in his plans and I wanted to stay again because I’ve got a lot to offer this football club.”
“Newcastle is the place where I want to play my football and I have got a point to prove to a few people.”
“Last season was tough for everyone and people have realized it’s going to be a difficult season this time around again,”
“Everyone needs to stick together and hopefully I will be fit and available for the last 15 to 17 games or so.”
“I played a lot last season having missed 18 months of football before that.” “I was looking to getting a good start this season but that’s not materialized.”
“But hopefully that means I will be fresh and available for the rest of the season.” “If anyone doesn’t already know it, we are in a relegation fight.”
“There’s no point in hiding it. The Club knows that and we know it’s a difficult period.”
“We need everyone available and everyone playing. We need to roll our sleeves up and sacrifice ourselves for the team.”
“The main aim is for this club to stay in the Premier League this year and then build and build again from there.”
Alan is a good lad and his commitment and spirit at the Newcastle club have never been in doubt, only his play, which has been nowhere near his best.
With Alan being on around £60K/week at the club, he needs to start playing up to his best over the last 5 months of the season, or we think Kinnear will be put under a lot of pressure to sell Smith in the summer.
We just cannot pay that kind of wages to players who are only on the finges of the first team.
But on the positive side, maybe Joe Kinnear can get the best out of Smith – and for the good of the club we sincerely hope Alan can produce his very best form for the remainder of the season.
We would be very happy for Alan to prove us wrong – and that seems exactly what he wants to do – good for him.