Alan Smith has served his second one match ban of the season, for 5 yellow cards, and will be back in the team for the visit to Bramall Lane next Monday night.
Alan Smith – will always be an aggressive player
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton spoke about Alan today and told the Evening Chronicle:
“Alan Smith is a big player for us and he was disappointed to miss out on Doncaster.” “In hindsight, you would rather have all of your players available.”
“But the type of player Alan is and due to his competitive nature, it goes with the territory.” “We want him available but we also want him to continue what he does for the team.”
“He has often been the heartbeat of the team this season and we wouldn’t want to change any of that.”
Smith has rightly been a Newcastle fans’ favorite this season and he has epitomized the new team spirit which the team has this season, which was of course very badly missing last season.
Nicky Butt deputized for Alan on Saturday, but he didn’t have the bite in the tackle and the combative play the side gets from Alan Smith.
“If you look at the fans’ response to his performances this season, it has been very positive.” “They look to him to drive on, and he has a lot of endeavor.”
“His competitive nature is also something that fans like to see.” “He has played consistently for the first time since I have been at the club.”
“It’s good to see him get a regular run of games, and he’s enjoyed the fact he’s playing regularly, which is good to see.”
Alan should really be the club captain this season, although there’s no rush to take the captaincy away from Nicky Butt, who will still have a big part to play for Newcastle this season.
We hope he will, in any case – but there’s no doubt that Alan Smith will continue to be a big player for the Magpies this season – there’s no doubt about that.