Alan Smith could find himself in the starting line-up on Monday night, as Newcastle try to find a combination of players who can win a game.
Alan Smith – could start on Monday night
With midfielder Joey Barton very unlikely to be risked against Portsmouth on Monday night, Alan Smith’s combative qualities may be needed in midfield against Portsmouth, and Alan played extremely well at home against Manchester United, when he last started in midfield for Newcastle.
He could even come in for the out-of-form Nicky Butt and play defensive midfield and allow Kevin Nolan to move to a more attacking role.
Alan Shearer talked about Smith this morning and just loves the lad’s attitude:
“Without doubt there is still time for Alan to make an impact here,” “He has tremendous attitude. Things have not gone as well as he would have hoped and as well as everyone else would have.”
“But he has worked well and that was one of the reasons I gave him an opportunity at Spurs, putting him on at half-time.”
“I loved his attitude when he came on. You know what you are going to get from Alan, someone who will work, fight and scrap, sometimes he goes over the top in those situations but his attitude is exactly what we have been looking for.”
Smith’s season has again been ravaged by injury, this time with his Achilles, but he is extremely keen to help Newcastle out of their current troubles, if only he can get the nod from Shearer.
One thing Shearer is sure of is Smith’s best position, and he thinks that midfield is his best position right now, as he continued:
“I think Alan sees his best position as a midfielder now,” “I know he hasn’t scored yet for Newcastle so if he has not scored, then he won’t say he is a center-forward.”
“If you ask him to play anywhere, he will do it without complaining. He is that type of character.”
Certainly Smith will have a better chance of getting into the side in central midfield than up front, and we wouldn’t mind Alan starting on Monday night, because in front of a roaring 52,000 crowd, we can expect Alan Smith to produce the goods.
He can also show the right attitude to the other Newcastle players, who are lucky enough to start on Monday night, and go into a game that can give Newcastle United fans renewed hope of survival this season, if only we can win it.
Portsmouth are playing well right now, but a win is what we need, and failure to do so could result in relegation, it’s as easy and as scary as that right now.