Alan Smith Got The Job Done For Newcastle This Season

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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    I like Smithy.. Not sure if he’s good enough to play week in week out in the Prem.

    If he takes a pay cut and accepts a role as a squad player, then keep him.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    There seems to be a lot of talk that a player we have is not good enough for the PL (Smith, Ameobi, Carroll etc). And what I would say is that these players have DESERVED a chance to prove us wrong. They fought for us when the easier option would have been to walk.

    Give them a full season in the Premier League to see how they do. Afterall, if it wasn’t for the likes of Smith and Carroll we wouldn’t be in the PL. Let them reap the benefits of their hard work before we pass judgement.

  • Mr Books

    Apr 27, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree JTF – might not give them until the end of the season, but certainly till January. Something that has been a problem in the past and was very apparent in the relegation season was that we were not a team. I think players like Smith and Nolan are players who help to forge a team spirit and team mentality. Nicky Butt too, who’s off the field actions have probably counted more this season than on the pitch. I think the most important thing we can do this window is to keep some key players and maintain the team togetherness.

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 27, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Cant even believe the subject of Smith not being good enough for PL or Newcastle is being muttered in the North East.

    After the opening season he had (granted struggled of late due to injuries) he is one of he ‘main’ players at the club.

    Stick around Smudge, you and big Kev are vital for us………..Captain and Co-Captain

  • Geordie Matriarch

    Apr 27, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree with you Jamesthefirst. We owe them a huge debt. They deserve their chance. One of the reasons we made such a mess is that we were always chopping and changing.

  • jimiley

    Apr 27, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Smudger has been a great signing for us. He has been a revelation for the team this year and has recaptured his best form. Worth every penny of £60K a week. If he could only break his cherry and score a goal after 5 years, I am sure he must figure in the England team.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #7

    i totally disagree, i think smith is a bottom half team player, bambi has had more than enough chances to prove himself in the prem, and to me , he lets himself down every time :(, carroll, could do very well , ass i think there will only be a few defenders than can cope with him, i just think he needs to be more involved in more of the game, he goes missing for big chunks,,,,

    bambi (50k) smith (60k) both grossly over paid for what they do 🙁

    sorry to disagree with you all

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 28, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m not a huge fan. He spent last season giving away yellow cards just outside the box and putting us under constant pressure as he is not skillful enough to take the ball with taking the player out as well. Its been easier for him to ply his trade in the CC and even then he has not player much. I would be happy to see him go or take a pay cut.

  • Bao Zheng

    Apr 28, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I wouldn’t play him every week but there will be times and games where we need a midfield 5 to simply battle for the cause, think Stoke away. He has a role to play at those games and as cover through the year.


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