Since Cheick Tiote arrived on Tyneside, Alan Smith has not had much of a look in at Newcastle.
Alan Smith – he’s going nowhere
But Hughton still considers Smith to be on of his key players in the squad, and he says there’s no way Newcastle will let Smith go.
This is what Chris Hughton told the Sunday Sun today:
“We’d never let Alan go. He started the season very well and he would probably argue he’s been unlucky to lose his place in the team,” “Possibly that is true. But he keeps pushing and he’s not a player that we will sell or let go of.”
“Alan has been absolutely excellent. What he gives us is not only on the football pitch – he’s good around the place too,” “He trains well every day and he’s a model professional and a great player to have in our squad.”
“Of course he is disappointed not to be playing but he just gets on with it.” “He’s a good player to have around.” “And just because he’s not playing at the moment doesn’t mean he won’t be in the side in the near future. He’s doing all the right things.”
There’s no doubt that Alan is a positive and experienced player to have in the dressing room, but he’s also probably not willing to sit on the bench all season either.
The 29 year-old Rothwell-born player has now played 401 first class games with 67 goals in his career, but of course he still has to score a senior goal on Tyneside.
Alan has played 83 times for Newcastle since being signed by Sam Allardyce from Manchester United in the summer of 2007 for a reported £6M.
We would hope Chris can keep Alan at Newcastle.