Alan Smith still has 18 months of his contract left on Tyneside, and we fully expect Alan to see out that contract at Newcastle.
Alan Smith – a striker this afternoon?
But whether he’ll get an extension to that we don’t know, but think it may be unlikely at this stage.
And with all the injuries to the Newcastle strikers recently, more than one columnist has suggested Pardew could play Alan Smith up front, where of course he started his career at Leeds, and where he played for England.
And playing up front could give Alan the chance to score his first senior goal ever for Newcastle , which we’re sure he’d just love to do.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about the 30 year-old:
“Alan’s been injured, and wasn’t involved on the bench on Wednesday. He had an injury but he will be in and around the team,”
“He’s an important person in this group. He’s a good character around the dressing room, he’s strong, he knows these sort of games and he’ll definitely be in the dressing room come what may. I like Alan. He’s got 18 months to run here and I’m sure he will want to see that 18 months out.”
“He’s had to change his game with injuries and the age he’s at, but that doesn’t mean to say he can’t play a more forward role.” “I just said to him I’ll use him where I think we might benefit from him and don’t rule that out.”
“That’s basically the message I gave him.” “I think it’s got him excited, I think he wants to get up front now and get a hat-trick himself, if he’s got one in the locker somewhere!”
With Cheick Tiote very likely to be missing this afternoon, with a tight hamstring, we would expect Alan to deputize in the holding midfield position.
And with all the players out injured – Steven Taylor, Tiote, Carroll, Ameobi, Gutierrez and Harper, we have a feeling Pardew could field the following side this afternoon:
Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique
Barton Smith Nolan (c) Ferguson
That’s not a bad side, and if we can take our chances like we did on Wednesday night, then the lads should be able to make it through this afternoon.
We hope so, in any case, and we don’t want to see any giant killing act by Stevenage this afternoon, that’s for sure.