Everton have again expressed an interest in signing Alan Smith.
Alan Smith – hardly a success on Tyneside
It seems that Alan Shearer may want to keep the former Manchester United and Leeds player, but Smith has hardly been big hit on Tyneside in the last two seasons, and like a lot of other players, has been injured most of the time.
But the Newcastle United utility man also wants to stay at St James’s Park and help the club out of the Championship, hopefully at the first attempt.
Since Smith is one of the players already attracting interest from Premier League clubs, including Everton, if we can cash in on Alan and claw some of the £6M transfer fee we paid to Manchester United for him two years ago, he will probably be on his way.
Alan appeared just six times last season, and since we are paying this player around £65K/week, that’s a poor return to say the least, but not unlike many of our other stars last season.
The 28-year-old is well aware his move from Manchester United has not worked out (he’s right there), and doesn’t want to leave the club while things are at such a low ebb.
He’s about the only player who’s said that, apart from the local lads, so we have to give credit to Smith for that, but he was always a good lad, it’s his football we have been disappointed with.
A source close to Alan Smith said today:
“If Newcastle want to sell him, then it is out of Alan’s hands. But he would like to stay at Newcastle and help the club get out of the Championship.”
“He played only a handful of games last season and he wants to put that right. Newcastle might be a Championship club but they are a big club and there aren’t many outside the top four with the kind of support and potential they have.”
With the £150M bid for the club we are hearing about this morning, we have to hope that Mike is true to his word, and accepts the first bid that meets his asking price.
But it’s hard to trust a man who continually seems to do the wrong thing – at the wrong time. But if indeed he does accept the bid in the next day or two – watch Newcastle swing into life (and action), and move quickly to bring in Alan Shearer in to nurse the club back to health again.
The club has been in poor health for the last two years, having been suffering from the Mike Ashley syndrome, and it’s been a very painful type of malady that leads to considerable depression and depression, and is thought to attack Geordies first and foremost. 😀
Let’s hope it’s all coming to an end – and quickly!