Newcastle After Goalkeeper Smithies – Probably Not

There are reports in the Sunday papers today that Newcastle are ready to step up their chase for Shay Given’s long-term replacement at the club, but we don’t believe it.


Huddersfield’s promising young goalkeeper Alex Smithies

The news suggests that Newcastle will be making a move for Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies. Alex just turned 19 year old earlier this month, so he’s still young, for somebody who seems very good already.

And according to reports in the People this morning, the young keeper has been watched by a number of Premier League scouts in the past few months, with Spurs, Wigan and Newcastle all said to be interested in the player.

Apparently first team coach Colin Calderwood watched his performance in the mid week draw against the MK Dons.

Huddersfield manager and former Newcastle coach and player Lee Clark has quickly moved to sign Smithies to a long term deal (wise move),  in order to strengthen Huddersfield’s negotiating position in case of  a future sale.

There seems no doubt however that the youngster, who has played for all England teams through to Under-19 level, is a top future goalkeeper, who has already played 21 times for Huddersfield.  He is 6’1″ tall and was born in Huddersfield.

The valuation on the youngster is £3M, but Newcastle have long term goalkeeper Steve Harper (safe as houses) playing well as a replacement to Shay Given, and two 20 year-old top youngsters in Dutchman Tim Krul and local lad Fraser Forster, both fighting to be the back up.

So why we need another goalkeeper at Newcastle?  If  Newcastle did sign the youngster, they would need to let one of our 20 year-olds move on, and that would probably be Tim Krul, the Dutch Under-21 keeper, who Feyenoord are said to be very keen on.

We would fully expect one of the young goalkeepers to go out on loan next season to get first team experience, and the other to be back up to Steve Harper.  

But there’s little doubt these two young goalkeepers, already at the club, look top quality, and another example of how the Newcastle Youth policy is already starting to pay off.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Mar 15, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #1

    We do not need keepers! We need creativity in the middle of the park!

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    It was pathetic the match yesterday and against Arsenal we have Guthrie, Nolan and Beye back, we need to play this team imo






    With Lovenkrands coming up to support Martins like against Man United

  • Ericles

    Mar 15, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks a good line up Toon-Factor. No dead wood in that side – no Butt, No Smith and no Owen either. Seems a team to keep us up. But will the brain dead Hughton and Calderwood choose it? Think not it is sad to say.

  • Ericles

    Mar 15, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Yesterdays por one point performance was directly down to the crap decisions of Hughton and Calderwood. He should never have played Smith, Geremi, or Owen. No imagination at all. As soon as we get rid of these second rate coaching duffers the better. JK is not coming back. Venereal Balls is not the answer. Ashley and company need to face up to the fact that the Haringey connection is not the answer. Bugger Spurs and all of their has beens!

  • Sav

    Mar 15, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t mean to be picky, Ed, but both Krul and Forster were signed up before we had the DW/MA Newcastle Youth Policy. And frankly, until we see some of these kids make it through to the first team, its all just smoke, isn’t it?
    We are still years behind most clubs in youth development and its not doing any favours to have folks on here saying ‘stick on the kids’.

  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6

    We’ve also got Ole Soderberg, who I think is still 18… so almost no way we should even be thinking about another young keeper.

  • Darling27

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #7

    That’s a cracking line up toon factor. We could hurt a lot of teams with the pace in the side.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #8

  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Too right Sav, Krul was signed by Souness!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Only good think Souness ever did.

    He destroyed us more than any other manager.

    As for Smithies, we dont need another young GK and I hear Smithies has a rubbish attitude.

  • Nick D

    Mar 16, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Hughton would never have the balls to drop Butt, which is a shame cos that looks a good line up toon factor with a bit of pace in it.

  • Nick D

    Mar 16, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Tom toon the jury’s out whether it was Souness or Allardyce. Both bought a load of over paid sick note has beens. Too close to call.

  • Nick D

    Mar 16, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Erices so spot on mate, superb commments.

  • Nick D

    Mar 16, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    ericles even !


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