Alan Smith is nothing – if not a really truthful player, both in words and deeds.
Alan Smith – will never regain his old form
Alan represents the new spirit shown by the Newcastle players this season, and he has come out today and said he doesn’t think he’ll ever be able to recapture his old England form.
And he thinks that, because of the effects of the terrible injury ankle he sustained when he played at Manchester United.
Alan said today:
“I know I’ll never be able to get back to as good as I was in terms of that 2% that takes you to the very top – international level, Champions League level,”
“I could still play there, but my injury will restrict me from competing at the very highest level. As soon as I did my injury I knew that. I spoke to Alex Ferguson about it and we both knew it would be so difficult to play at that standard, week in week out.”
“I am an honest person, I know that I’m not as good as I was, simple as that.” “There is certain stuff that I’m restricted with when I’m playing through my injury. Just movement, I don’t play as freely as I used to. I can still make tackles and I’m lucky to still be playing.”
“I am happy just to play. I love playing in this (midfield) position and I think I could still do it in the Premier League, it’s just the real pinnacle of international and Champions League.”
“It wasn’t hard to come to terms with. I take everything as I go. I’ve never stopped trying to get back to that level. But I know deep down that would be very difficult for me.”
It’s this complete honesty that has made Smith a fan favorite this season, and while he may not be able to be an International player again, he looks so well suited to playing the defensive midfield position.
And it’s a position he can play for a long time, since experience and the reading of the game are paramount when playing in front of the back four.
We have to hope Alan stays at Newcastle longer term, and becomes the regular midfield defensive player – and he wouldn’t be a bad choice as the official club captain – either.