Alan Smith Reveling In Role As Magpies Anchor Man


There’s little doubt that  Alan Smith is reveling in his role as anchor man for the Newcastle side this season, as he keeps Nicky Butt out of the side.

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Alan Smith – reveling in midfield role for the Magpies

Chjris Hughton is delighted at captain Smith’s form this season and he talked today about the player, who is finally coming into his own on Tyneside:

“He’s very comfortable there.” “If I look at the period of time I’ve been at the club, he’s flitted between being an offensive or defensive midfield player, or a player who plays off the front.”

“Probably it’s happened with time and maturity, he’s dropped back into that position.” “He had a spell at Man United before he came here where there were questions about whether could he do a job in midfield because of the type of player he is.”

“When you evaluate it, he’s always had parts of his game that can be related to somebody playing in midfield, and he’s fallen nicely into that position for us.”

“He’s had a very good season so far.” “It would be lovely for him, because he’s a footballer, and footballers want to score goals.” “The position he plays, of course, restricts the opportunities he’s going to get.”

“You certainly will see him breaking forward from a deeper position.” “It depends how he’s employed in the game.”

“Sometimes he plays a little bit deeper, and gives a shield for the central defenders, and in other games, he is able to get forward.”

“A goal would be nice for him, but he’d be the first to admit the most important thing is for the team to win and for us to keep a clean sheet.”

Smith has proved to be almost the perfect captain for the team this season, as he continues to personify the fight and team spirit which has re-emerged big time this season, under the leadership of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood.

Long may it continue.



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8 comments so far

  • AndyT

    Oct 16, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Unfortunately, I think Chris still sees Butt as the captain of the squad for some strange reason. Which is completely unfortunate.

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  • premier

    Oct 16, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Anchor man?–thought he was a free scoring striker!!

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  • Ketsbaia

    Oct 16, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Anyone or anything to keep Nicky Butt out of the side….

    That said, credit to Smith for his leadership and performances this season even if it is in the Fizzy pop league…

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  • G

    Oct 16, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #4

    He seemed to thrive in that role at Manyoo too. So far it looks likely that Smithie may be a contender for player of the season?… its between him and Jose for me so far.

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  • chuck

    Oct 16, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Kudos for Hughton for recognizing the role which best suited him as a player, Smith was never a striker.
    Playing in a sweeper role behind the midfield, best suits his physical abilities and natural aggression, as long as he can keep from being over aggressive.
    And yes he can inherit the role from one of the best defensive midfielders (Butt) and possibly
    learn a thing or two.

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  • Nobby_Long

    Oct 16, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Alan Smith……….our very own Ron Burgundy

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 16, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Aslong as Smith keeps the armband of butt I will be happy

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  • harry861

    Oct 16, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Re Chuck
    I agree about as long as he can keep from being over aggressive. This season he has surprised me , last season when he played he was never in the game along with Shola everyone wanted to dispose of them & saying what waste of money for smith.

    Well this season & this league has showed what leader Smith is & I hope continues in this vane.

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