There are reports this morning that Wigan Athletic are in a fight with Newcastle United for Huddersfield Town’s 20 year-old goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
Alex Smithies – Huddersfield’s top young goalkeeper
And it’s the Daily Mail who are reporting Wigan manager Roberto Martinez sent a scout to check on the 20-year-old goalkeeper in the Huddersfield 2-1 win over Colchester United at the weekend.
Of course former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark is now manager of Huddersfield, and has the team in a play-off position in League One, in his first full season as their manager, and it could well be that Lee has alerted Newcastle about his young star.
But Newcastle are awash in great goalkeepers right now with Steve Harper and two 22 year-old top goalkeepers in Dutch U21 International Tim Krul and Hexham-born Fraser Forster.
But of course everybody knows that Newcastle are in for new players in the summner, so whenever anybody is mentioned as potentially being available, they’ll stick Newcastle down as a club who are interested.
We’ve been reported to be after 315 players already. 😀
So what’s new?
But kidding aside, we’d be surprised if Newcastle brought in any new young goalkeepers in the summer, as the club has a problem now dealing with the two great young keepers we already have on Tyneside.
Smithies is rated at around £2M and the 6’3″ goalkeeper only turned 20 in March, and the Hudderfield-born youngster is considered one of the best young keepers in the country.
Alex has played 74 times for Huddersfield Town already, and made his debut as a 76th minute substitute for Matt Glennon, who was sent off during Huddersfield Town’s 4–1 defeat by Southend United on 5th December 2007, when Alex was just 17 years old.
Smithies has played at every Youth Level up to the U19 level for England, but we wonder how many good young goalkeepers Newcastle need, if this report is indeed true.