With Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote suspended for tomorrow’s game at Bolton, it seems that Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie will be in contention for his place.
Alan Smith – should get start tomorrow
In fact we expect both players to start tomorrow, with Alan Smith taking over the defensive midfield position from the Ivorian, who could be a big miss tomorrow, but Alan has shown he can still play a bit on Tyneside.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Alan has certainly been in contention.” “He has been a fantastic player for us.”
“Irrespective of whether he is playing or not, he’s a good player to have around.” “He’s great around the squad.”
“He’s our vice-captain and it is good to have such a big personality to have around the place.”
Smith has not appeared in the Premier League since the terrible 2-0 loss against Blackpool in September at St. James’ Park, although the former Leeds and Man United player had an excellent game at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup in September.
That’s when Newcastle’s second team beat Chelsea’s second team 4-3 in a thrilling game.
It’s true that Alan is great for team spirit, and of course was the Newcastle vice captain last year, although he captained the side many times in Nicky Butt’s absence, and then former Bolton skipper, Kevin Nolan got that job this season, after Nicky left the club.
We look to Alan to have a strong game tomorrow, and we think Danny Guthrie will also start the game, as we expect Chris to play five men across midfield at the Reebok, with only big Andy Carroll up front.