News today that former Newcastle United captain, midfielder Alan Smith, could become a transfer target for Blackburn Rovers in January.
Alan Smith – Sam Allardyce interested
The former Leeds and Manchester United player, who is now 30, has lost his defensive midfield position to Ivorian Cheick Tiote, who has been brilliant for Newcastle all season.
Smith still has 18 months to run on his current deal, and he is still part of Chris Hughton’s plans at Newcastle, but it would be unlikely that Newcastle will offer Alan a new contract at Newcastle, when his current deal runs out.
Sam Allardyce signed Smith from Old Trafford for £6M, when he was Newcastle manager, and would be able to offer Alan first team football.
But we don’t think Chris Hughton will allow Smith to go, especially not in January, as Alan will be needed to keep the Newcastle squad strong, and what would happen if Cheick gets injured?
But in the summer Newcastle may well look to unload Smith, so that they can get some money for him, but first they will need to sign a replacement, so the Newcastle squad is not weakened.
Cheick is getting close to 5 yellow cards too, and may get a one game suspension fairly soon, and Alan will get his chance at that time.
But if and when Alan leaves, he will be fondly remembered on Tyneside, because after a difficult start, when he had a lot of injuries, he became one of the players who showed guts and loyalty, to get Newcastle promoted last May.
And Newcastle fans will never forget what Alan did for the Newcastle club, at one of its lowest points in its history.
He’s a good lad is Alan.