Good News – Alan Smith Fit Again


It’s still possible that Alan Smith could play some part in next Monday night’s first PL game at Old Trafford.

Alan Smith – back playing again today

The mystery of Alan missing out on the last couple of games was explained today by manager Chris Hughton.

Indeed the midfielder played in a behind- closed-doors friendly earlier today against St Mirren, so that he could both ensure some match practice and at the same time prove his fitness for next Monday night’s game against his former club.

Smith had previously missed the games at Deportivo La Coruna and on Saturday at Ibrox, and that was tough on a self-confessed Rangers’ fan.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Injury-wise, Alan is fine and he was only left out of the Rangers game as a precaution.” “He missed two days of training last week because of a very minor ankle knock.”

“And we didn’t see any point in putting him at risk.” “He played earlier this morning in a behind-closed-doors friendly for the reserves.”  “Alan’s fine and he’s in good spirits.”

So it looks like Alan will be in contention for a starting place on Monday night, and who knows he could be the Newcastle captain, with Chris Hughton still not yet deciding who will be the Newcastle United captain for this season.

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103 comments so far

  • Mac

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Why is it good news, Sell him he is without doubt our worst mid fielder

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  • baro

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #2

    We need him if he can still defend. Play him at the Defensive mid role, let him do his slide tackles, if he can’t than sell him.

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  • Stuart

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #3

    What do you mean still defend? He’s never been anything other than reckless and clumsy imo.

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  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Mac I disagree, we lack any sort of steel in midfield (maybe Joey Barton) and thats exactly what Smith brings, i’m not saying he should be a certain starter but when you need a bit of passion and someone who can throw in a tackle then he’s the man. He was one of our best performers for large periods last year when playing in that role.

    Certainly wouldn’t get rid uness we had a better alternative lined up.

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  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5

    How many times has Smith actualy seen red for rash challenges?

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  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #6

    i think he gets a bit of a rough ride myself , dont think he is brilliant or anything , but not half as bad as some make him out to be

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  • Thump

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #7

    @MALC: How many times has Smith said “it was either a red or conceding a goal”? He puts himself on the line for the team, it’s who he is and I for one respect that.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Good news, fit enough to sell.

    Bad news, fit enough to play.

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  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #9

    just been on ssn that sunderland set to sign nedum onouha on season long loan , where were we at ?

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  • Darryl

    Aug 10, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #10

    @9.. I was thinking the exact same thing. Can play RB, and CB.

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  • Darryl

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Also, foster dropped, and they call up scott loach and frankie green(who’s he!)

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #12
  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #13

    the only reason smith is still at newcastle is because we cant get rid of him because no-one will match his wages, you cant question is work rate, but he is a terrible player

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #14

    another good toon prospect, hopefully can be a top player

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20100808/campbell-stars-for-magpies_2240137_2115071

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  • jackdnufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #15

    @9 &10- Onouha wont play for the same club as Barton.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    jackdnufc that was just rumours, there was no quotes as far as im aware

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  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #17

    jackdnufc
    i dont believe that story , there was no quotes from him directly and just a story , barton and the club are just easy targets for lazy journalists

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #18

    he does have a very bad injury record aswell

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  • jackdnufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Well then why didn’t we go for him?! 😉

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #20

    see #18 that is why i think we might have been put off, worth a chance on loan, he is an excellent prospect,

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  • Flair:20

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #21

    There aren’t many things that are irritating me as much at the moment as listening to people slating Alan Smith. If you can’t see the value of having him in our squad, if not our team, then you are a fool. How many successful teams do you see without a deep-lying midfielder who gets stuck in and breaks up attacks? And how many of those midfielders are quick? We have absolutely zero other options for a holding midfielder and it’s embarrassing for those who say he can’t cut it in that position in the Premiership. You might as well say that Andy Carroll can’t score goals in the Premiership – how on earth would you know?

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  • MacToon

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Fools eh? How many games has Smith played this year? No not many because he is low down in the pecking order now. He’s a liability.

    Just because people have differing opinions doed not neccesarily make them fools!

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #23

    “If you can’t see the value of having him in our squad, if not our team, then you are a fool. How many successful teams do you see without a deep-lying midfielder who gets stuck in and breaks up attacks”?

    problem is he doesnt break up attacks, he gives away free kicks in bad positions, runs round like a headless chicken, and gets booked all the time, and cant pass

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #24

    And on andy carroll i do say that, its my opinion, and i will be proven right, he doesnt have the attributes, hes slow, has a bad touch and poor balance, his only good points are his aerial ability and strength, which is why the fizzy will suit him

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  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Pretty much my thoughts exactly Flair. People say we have too many CMs but in reality we only have 3 who we can rely on (if we were to lose Smith), Nolan, Barton and Guthrie.

    Smith is not just there because no-one will pay his wages, he’s there because we have no-one else, people need to get over the fact he completely flopped as a striker and get off his back a bit I feel. Look at the clubs around us, have they got any better?

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #26

    the best defensive midfielder we have got, and hes never played there for us ever, is collocini, he has played there loads in his career, and has been immence everytime i have seen him, i still say its his best position

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  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #27

    everyone has different opinions thats what makes football great , doesnt mean people are fools for having a different one , i think smith is good character to have around and the type of person / player you will need in a relegation fight , and without a huge chunk of luck or some amazing transfer activity that is what we will be in, a relegation battle

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Geordielad880, he played there the season we got relegated and was a disgrace…

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  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Your right there gerdie lad, Colo has a decent range of passing aswell and he is good on the ball. I havn’t realy seen him play in that possision but I heard he was good whilst at Deportivo in that role, and I can see why he would be.

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  • howay man

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #30

    ——————–Harper——————
    –collocini—–williamson—–enrique
    ————-smith———barton———
    —-Guthrie——-Nolan——–gutierez
    ————carroll——lovenkrands

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #31

    howayman cant really see how that team would work, enrique playing as a left sided centre back?

    Howay the lads, i cant remember that game, and the whole team was a disgrace that season, he has played there for argentina and deportivo, he has a good football brain, great passing, and can tackle without sliding on his ars* all the time like smith

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  • baro

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #32

    howay man

    Excellent lineup but Chris Hughton would never go with 3 defenders

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  • MacToon

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Colo’s becoming one of our most important players and I cannot remember him playing much at defensive mf for us? One game maybe.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #34

    He played there for three or four games a bit before Shearer took over and it was when he was playing there he got the name ‘Coco the Clown’. I’m all for giving people a second chance though 😀

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  • baro

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #35

    http://www.football-italia.net/aug10u.html

    Very Nice! We can still snap up KP Boateng. Deal hits a snag 🙂

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  • roe997

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #36

    geordie lad. Agree with you there mate,colo is brilliant in the holding role. Has anyone heard about the clause we put in nzogbias contract?me mate told me-hes usualy right.lol-that apparently nufc have a sell on or buy back clause with him,and marsaile are after him from wigan.so our playing card in the arfa deal,is us having talks to iron out this clause,so they can get nzogs,we get arfa,everyones happy!appart from wigan.lol

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  • baro

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #37

    England vs Uzbekistan u21 lineup.

    England Team
    1 Frank Fielding, 2 Kyle Walker, 3 Michael Mancienne, 4 Jack Rodwell, 5 Chris Smalling, 6 Phil Jones, 7 Tom Cleverley, 8 Jordon Henderson, 9 Daniel Sturridge, 10 Danny Rose, 11 Victor Moses

    Substitutes 13 Alex McCarthy, 12 Martin Kelly, 14 Marc Albrighton, 15 Jack Cork, 16 Henri Lansbury, 17 Danny Welbeck

    http://www.thefa.com/England/mens-under-21s/News/match-centre/2010/EnglandvUzbekistan/report

    Watch live. Stream comes up once kickoff starts.

    http://atdhe.net/22304/watch-england-u21-vs-uzbekistan-u21

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  • toonsy

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #38

    geordielad880 // Aug 10, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    “problem is he doesnt break up attacks, he gives away free kicks in bad positions, runs round like a headless chicken, and gets booked all the time, and cant pass”

    I thought that said “couldn’t p.i.s.s” 😯

    😆

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #39

    ————————–krul

    gosling——s.taylor——-campbell——-enrique

    ————————-collocini
    ———–barton——————–guthrie

    routledge————————————–jonas
    ————————–carroll

    when everyone is fit,

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  • baro

    Aug 10, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #40

    roe997

    Where did u hear that clause in N’Zogbia contract?? Agree with you we get Ben Arfa they get N’zogbia. 🙂

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