Good news today that Alan Smith seems to have recovered from his badly injured ankle, and has now returned to training.
Alan Smith – back in training
It’s an open question as to whether Smith will still be at the Newcastle club in August, but Pardew cannot unload too many players too early this summer, until he’s assured of being able to bring in some of his transfer targets.
That’s exactly what Graeme Souness did in the summer of 2005, when he unloaded players he said were just not good enough for Newcastle, like Aaron Hughes as one example, to Aston Villa, and he had great difficulty in replacing them.
Of course Aaron is now starring for Fulham, and has always been a top class professionalism, who would have been an excellent squad player at Newcastle, a club he played 278 times for with 7 goals, and then Newcastle manager Bobby Robson just loved the Northern Ireland captain, and Aaron is hardly ever injured.
Alan Smith was signed by Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2007 for around £6M from Manchester United, , on a five year deal at around £60K/week.
And with Newcastle’s squad far too small right now, and with Alan Smith being hugely influential in the Magpies’ dressing room, it may be a good idea to allow Alan to see out his contract on Tyneside through the end of next season.
Alan could then leave Newcastle on a free transfer – and maybe go back to his former home-town club – Leeds United.
Newcastle’s assistant manager John Carver talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Smith:
“During his injury Alan has played a big part off the field for us.” “Just because a player is injured it doesn’t mean they don’t have a part to play, and Alan has been an excellent example of that.”
We’ve heard that many times since Smith has been out injured, and of course Alan Smith is a top rate professional who is devoted to the Newcastle cause, and he was one of the leaders last season at Newcastle, when the club was famously promoted, after just one season in the Championship.
Smith’s agent Alex Black talked about Smith being back in training:
“Alan has been running with Simon Tweddle at the training ground. He’s doing well.”“There’s a slight chance he could play again this season but it could well be next season when we see him back.”
It will be a huge surprise if Alan plays again this season, and he should probably be concentrating on trying to be fit for the pre-season which starts soon enough in early July.