Why Would Newcastle Want Huddersfield Goalkeeper Smithies?

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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Ericles

    May 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    CAUTION!!! This is from the Daily Mail. We do not need any more goalkeepers and we do not need the machainations of journos from the Daily Mail. For the summer we are going to be linked with all sorts of fantasies from the media – including players from the moon, Mars and Venus!

  • Chris F

    May 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    yup, utter bull crap story.

    he is a good young keeper, no denying it, but we’ll have enough trouble keeping 2 up and coming GK’s happy next season, nevermind 3, so it’s a non-starter imo.

  • Xenarious

    May 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    He was linked with Premiership teams last year too. But he is a grounded and smart guy, and has a good advisor. When the speculation was growing last year in March he signed a new four year deal. So he is in no hurry to leave. He would cost a lot if he was to leave anyway due to him being on a long contract.

    We also don’t need another Goalkeeper like you said. Tommorow we will be linked with someone else.

  • lesh

    May 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Good ‘keeper and why would we need yet another?

    So’s we can get 10 on the books and beat Man Citeh’s nine!

  • G

    May 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    I would welcome him with open arms frankly, but only as having too many good players for one position is a nice problem to have. Deffo a quiet day in the news room story. I will be very interested in looking who gets the nod as understudy to Harper this season, as the two back up keepers seem pretty evenly matched. The smart money is on FF, but I wouldn’t rule out TK either. I think one of these guys has to go out on (a terminable?) loan otherwise the journo’s will all conduct stories about unrest amongst the keepers.

  • nden85

    May 5, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #6

    we wouldn’t want him, its a made up story.

  • Newutd

    May 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Those rumor mills obviously don’t know about our world class talents.


  • rossrich

    May 5, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Ericles,

    I heard we can get players from Mars on the cheap. The extra leg comes in handy at set pieces apparently 🙂

  • WLtoon

    May 7, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I read the first sentence and that was it.thats a none starter i think


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