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.
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.