Alan Smith has been one of Newcastle’s key players this season, and was one of the first to step up to the plate last summer and say he wanted to stay on Tyneside to help Newcastle get straight back into the Premiership.
Alan Smith – key player for Newcastle
As with Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, Smith arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2007, when Sam Allardyce was Newcastle manager, and the former Leeds United player is reported to have cost around £6M from Manchester United.
Alan is an enthusiastic and aggressive player, and it looks like manager Hughton will not be telling Alan Smith to curb his combative play anytime soon.
However, the Newcastle captain now has 9 yellow cards this season, just one away from having to sit out a two match ban.
Chris Hughton talked about Alan Smith this morning:
“We’ve had a word with Alan, but we’ve just told him to carry on what he’s been doing for us this season.”
“He’s a player of great enthusiasm and determination and when you’ve got that type of player, what you don’t want to do is take away a big part of their game.”
“He’s a very competitive player and that’s what we continue to want from him.”
Even if Chris wanted to curb Alan’s aggressive play, it’s debatable whether Alan can play any differently.
If Alan does have to serve a two match ban, we have Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton, who are only too willing to step into the fray.
Indeed our central midfield looks a lot stronger now that Joey Barton is pushing for a place in the side, and Danny Guthrie has proven he can play there very well, when given the chance.