Alan Smith has given a good interview to the Evening Chronicle today and has talked about the passion and spirit that is back at Newcastle United.
Nolan and Smith – on Saturday with CC Championship Trophy
Alan Smith told the Evening Chronicle today:
“This season has put a smile back on people’s faces around this city.” “The lads have really grouped together.”“We’ve played for and have been Newcastle United.”
“It’s a city that loves its football team probably more than any other city I’ve been to.”
“They live and breathe Newcastle United. Everywhere you go people are interested in it.”
“Everybody was disappointed with what happened last year and even if you’re not playing you are still responsible because you win and lose as a team.”
Smith has played 34 times this season, with 32 starts for Newcastle, and has now appeared 87 times for the club in total with 76 starts – and of course no goals – yet.
Alan had a bad Achilles tendon injury last season, and he didn’t start to play until January, 2009 when Newcastle were already in trouble in the league.
Alan was signed as a striker from Manchester United, but has now moved back to a defensive midfield position, where he has performed very well and added some steel to our midfield.
Smith has definitely been one of the players, whose guts and spirit have helped transform the team from a bunch of overpaid whimps last season, to a strong team that has an abundance of mental strength this season.
Alan is one of the heroes on Tyneside this season, and he’s the type of tough and spirited player this club needed last summer, and he’s helped to get the job done for the famous Newcastle United club this season.