Newcastle Need To Be 20% Fitter And Stronger Next Season

Most Newcastle fans will agree that the players and coaches have done fantastic this season, and one of the players that has been a standout in his show of guts and courage is Alan Smith.

Alan Smith – shown courage and guts this season

Newcastle have been the team to beat in the Championship, and we were surprised when Alan Shearer last summer suggested that was a disadvantage, because it would make it so much more difficult for Newcastle.

But that’s what good teams are up against every week – every single team has wanted to beat Manchester United for over 25 years now, but that doesn’t stop them winning, and expecting a significant challenge in every single game they play.

But it does mean this season that Newcastle have had to fight in every single game whoever they are up against – and guess what – that’s exactly what the lads have done this season and continue to do.

That’s a major reason why the Newcastle fans are a very proud bunch right now.

Alan talked today about the season:

“On the first day of the season we went to West Brom and a lot of people outside of Newcastle, and outside of the club, had written us off. They questioned whether the players would want it enough.”

“They questioned our integrity and questioned whether we were professional enough but we have just got on with it. We were criticised, and rightly so, because we had been so disappointing when we went down.”

“As a club it’s been nice to have the opportunity to put that right – and winning the title will put that right.”

Smith has had some difficulty regaining his place after injury, but he will be one of the players who becomes very important for Newcastle next season.

We expect Alan to be the number one defensive midfielder at Newcastle, but there will be significant competition for a central midfield place next season, and we are also expected to bring in at least one creative midfielder in the summer.

Alan went on to talk about next season, which we know will be a significant challenge for Newcastle:

“I don’t think we will have as much pressure on us next season as we have done this. Although the only pressure that counts is what you put on yourself.”

“We know the standards we should set and the standards we have set this season. We are probably going to have to go away in the summer and come back 20% better, fitter and stronger.”

That’s the thing. To survive in the Premier League, we are going to have to be better.

“This isn’t a league which is easy by any stretch of the imagination. People didn’t think it was going to be easy for us at the start of the season when they said we didn’t have the players who would apply themselves properly.

“The application we have shown has been the main reason we’re back in the Premier League. There have been no big egos all season – and that’s what we wanted.”

The positive thing that many Newcastle fans may be missing,  is that Hughton has built up what we would call a solid squad, and the lads will fight it out with every single team next season, and that should guarantee us some points in the tough games.

Alan is a positive influence both on and off the field at Newcastle, and has always given 100% for the club, and is a terrific role model for youngsters supporting Newcastle United.

Come to think of it he’s a great role model for the rest of us too, and Alan will continue to be a key player for the Newcastle club next season.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    20% faster as well, which rules a few of the current midfield out (including Smudger)..

  • gunnarnufc

    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Good point Beefheart. Smudger has done well this season. He surely has balls, and won’t ever stop, and I truly admire those feats of his. But for me he is not a top class midfieler. These feats of his are of course very important. Throw in some pace, passing skills and IQ over 85 and we have a top midfielder haha.

  • iain

    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    whatever fitness levels, smith isn’t good enough for the premier league these days. teams in the pl will run circles around him and he will just get booked and sent off more…

    cant see him being anything more than a squad player, unless we struggle badly away from home and go really defensive with nolan playing off carroll…

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    If he wants to stay, and I agree he has done well for us this year, Smith will need to accept the same bit part role currently occupies by Butt. He would be an asset, but certainly not a regular starter. Whether he would accept this is another matter, and I’m sure there’s plenty of Championship clubs would have a punt on him to do for them what he has for us this year…. maybe even Leeds if they don’t blow promotion.

  • Gallowgate1892

    Apr 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Smith is going to have to up his game also because in my opinion his only good midfield quality is his agression and that alone will not do in the premier

  • nightfa11

    Apr 8, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    sell him…he costs this club 3-4 mio / year.. bring in 5 youngsters for that money.. he’s not woth 10k / week…& he’s getting 65… now that’s bad business..

    i know u like him…but the guy’s not good enough even for CCC..

  • stevep

    Apr 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry Ed

    “Come to think of it he’s a great role model for the rest of us too, and Alan will continue to be a key player for the Newcastle club next season.”

    Way off the mark, Smith did well for us early in the season when we were playing badly but grinding out results, since he was injured / unpicked we’ve looked a far better side and actually played some entertaining football.

    Afraid Smith hasn’t progressed since his Leeds days and has gone backwards since his bad injury at Manure (hence them selling him) afraid he’s no longer good enough for the prem in my opinion

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 8, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    20% fitter and stronger rules out Smith straightaway.
    Gunnarfc and nightfall sum it perfectly. For £65k a week we could do a lot better.


    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Agree with most of the comments hes not good enough for the prem, but come on nightfa11 he could still do a good job in the ccc, but not for 65 grand a week.


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