Alan Smith One Caution Away From Two Match Ban

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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Aza9

    Mar 5, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    If Smith is banned for a couple of matches it just means Guthrie will get to play in his best position and Routledge should be back from his calf strain to do his thing on the wing and if not Butt is fit (which is probably not a good thing) and Barton is pushing for match fitness.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 5, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Let Smudger get booked ASAP, wipe the slate clean and give him a wee rest for a couple of games before the final run in so he is fully fit. Play Guthrie instead who has been excellent in the middle. What’s the problem?

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Aza9, Cap’n Beefheart, add me to the list supporting your comments!

    If he’s banned for a couple then we should see it as an opportunity!

  • dutchy

    Mar 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #4

    get rid of butt 🙂 tbh id prefer donaldson in the middle to butt.. or inman.. or anyone rly

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 5, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Dutchy, spot on, at least he was only a nuisance to us twice a season when he played for Man U, now he’s a nuisance every time he’s fit – which thankfully isn’t that often these days.

    Knackers yard not subs bench, I suggest. Old Butty would be a Zimmer frame liability even in the Northern League, never mind the dizzy heights of fizzy footy.

  • Mad Magpies

    Mar 5, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Beefheart, the knackers yard is definately the destination butt should be heading come end ov season, but i’ve got a sneaky feeling he will be kept on doing some kind ov coaching!.


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