Shearer Could Start Alan Smith In Central Midfield

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Dragonera

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Good News. What i saw of him against Spurs he looked streets ahead of Nicky Butt.


    Owen should probably be dropped and play a 4 man midfield.

  • Toonfan1

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    I reckon the team will probably be:

    R Taylor Beye Bassong Enrique
    Smith Nolan Gutierrez
    Viduka Martins

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3


  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I hate Alan Smith so much! Have we ever won when he played? But if it means Butt wont play then give him a chance

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Butt will start – as will Owen. Call it intuition.

    I think one of a long list of things this season is has been our midfield and basic passing and posession.

    Smith will more than likely start on the bench.

  • Ericles

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    My first reaction was “Oh no”. On second thoughts I would prefer him to Butt though. Apart from playing three up front I still think Shearer will stick with an unimaginative mid-field.

  • ArtyH

    Apr 25, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    I think he has to start in mid because if there is no change in the team there will be no change in results and we will therefore loose. Go for the change and let someone hungry play. We need some guts and determination now, dont care how good it looks, results are ALL important now.

  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 25, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Even Ant and Dec would play better than Nicky Butt, as long as he’s dropped I’m happy.

    Coloccini should be reinstated in the heart of defence, him and Bassong for a good partnership.

  • Macedonia toon

    Apr 25, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9



    This team will win against Portsmouth.If Owen doesn’t play well it should be substitute by Guthrie.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 25, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone but Nolan.

    Butt is far better than Fatty Nolan.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 25, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #11


  • vic

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Do not risk with Smith:


  • vic

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #13

    OWEN & BUTT must be dropped.
    NOLAN is simply unfit
    R.TAYLOR is a shame
    SMITH lost his credentials
    BARTON can not run-alkohol problems

  • vic

    Apr 25, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #14

    There is only one chance to survive – POMPEY.
    Do not experiment with SMITH. He proved his ability for 2 years here.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 25, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Smith > Nolan

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 25, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Me > Nolan


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