We are looking for some heroes at Newcastle, and right now we don’t know if we’ll be celebrating the exploits of those players at the end of the season, but we hope so.
Joey Barton – could Joey be the hero we’re looking for?
Those heroes could be the players who score the vital goals that earn us the points that save the club, or it could be Steve Harper saving a penalty, and many other possibilities in between.
Alan Smith has stepped up to the plate and showed what it takes to play the kind of games that are required when everything is in the balance, like things are right now. Of course, we have never doubted the character of this lad, or his heart, only his skills sometimes and especially his ability to score goals.
But we agree with Newcastle manager Shearer, that Alan’s best position now could be in central midfield, and he adds significant bite to the team. Alan had an excellent game on Monday night, and we applaud the Leeds lad for showing the other players what they all should be doing.
Joey Barton could well return against his home town club on Sunday, and we hope that Barton, who owes the Newcastle club big time, could spark a revival with the team too.
Alan Shearer, who is doing everything he knows to get the players to play at their best and with considerable heart, spoke to Newcastle United TV today:
“Joey’s had a good week of training but we’ll have to see what part he plays at Liverpool.”
“Alan Smith did particularly well when he came on against Spurs, and his attitude was fantastic against Portsmouth.”
“We’ll be looking for more of the same from him.” “And if Joey is involved at some point during the game then we’ll be looking for a similar impact from him also.”
We don’t care which Newcastle players become heroes, only that some step up to the plate and take on the mantle of hero, before the end of the season.
And we saw some comments, after our article on Ignacio Gonzalez, that we were mounting a conspiracy against him and his country Uruguay. Please – I’m not that intelligent or unscrupulous. 😀
There would be nothing we would like better, than if Ignacio returns from his long-term injury and sparks the revival that will save the club from relegation. We’d be the first to applaud him for his efforts, and probably urge Shearer to sign him on full time in the summer.
Our only point was that Ignacio could be the greatest player in the world, but since he’s been injured since early September, he’s been of little use to the club, at least up till now.