Newcastle Should Keep Alan Smith Next Season

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.

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • Billy1985

    May 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    i think we should because he can cover in forward and midfield i would play him now up front

  • Brutooon

    May 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    he can’t pass

    he can’t tackle

    he is on HIGH WAGES and almost 30 years old (we need young legs)

    We got Tiote and Gosling as our Backup DM

  • Steve_48

    May 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Ed, disagree with you, what exactly has he done for us? Granted if it were a competition to amass yellow cards he’s be a leader but seriously man, it must be a dry news day so leave this well alone.

    It was a mistake to sign him and Bruntoon is spot on.

    Fizzy Pop beckons.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Get rid ASAP! If you want someone who’s good for banter in the dressing room, give a fan the job full-time and a wage of £500 a week, not £60k. He’s an embarrassment when he plays, nowadays. The only way his career will get a new lease of life, is if he returns to Leeds.

  • Brutooon

    May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Steve_48 and Coolcatcarter89 : Glad that you two totally agreed we shudnt keep him

    The reason he join us was we offer him 60k per week. Gave him a full time motivator with maximum 1k per week

  • PoolieToon

    May 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #6

    He was never a DM, Man U made him big and useless. Only role i can see him in is playmaker because like people have said, he sure as hell can’t tackle and he cant play forward because he hasn’t took a shot on goal for at least 3 years.

    Having said that he cant pass so he’s not good at all SELL

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    My best memory was him tripping over the lad who was clean through on goal in the dying minutes, when we were 1 up against Cardiff(?).

    And his after game quote – “I just had to take one for the team”.

    My player of the season last year, but we know Ashley isn’t going to hand out 60k a week for sentimental value!

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d love to see him score a goal for us though. Remember when he rattled the bar from miles out against Arsenal in the cup? I thought that was going to be it!

  • Brutooon

    May 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #9

    i forgot to mention

    Alan Smith will get the ball for the first 5 mins then anonoymous the next 85 mins.

    Alan Smith will make one good tackle every 5 games

    and the STATS this season – Alan Smith played 6 games, 3 draw and 3 losses. (0% win ratio – even Perch is better than that)

  • nightfa11

    May 3, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    make him a coach for kids..

    as a player he-s totaly useless…another overrated english payer… you have million of them.. i honestly cant belive how overrated englihs players are..ALL of them… if he-s englihs..his value is 10 mio above what hes actually worth…

    smith is a headless chicken who just runs after the ball..& when he realizes he cant win the ball he gets a yellow card (if hes lucky)

  • spitfire_

    May 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    We don’t need him… 50k per week for a sub is too much… same and for Xisco.

  • geoff777

    May 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Can’t see anyone matching his wages, so I expect he’ll be a NUFC player until his contract runs out.

    He’s been a big player for us, a good captain.
    I think watching Tiote play in the same role shows that unfortunately Alan Smith just isn’t quick enough and lacks vision to move the ball forward.

    If he does move on he should get a good reception if he ever returns.

    Good luck to him whatever happens.
    Pleased he’s nearing fitness.

  • craig bell

    May 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #13

    if we can get him on a lower contract I dont see why not. If hes as good a leader as youv just said, on a lower wage he could be a good squad player. but hes not worth 60 grand a week by a long shot

  • Partizan

    May 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Nightfall…How about your countryman Josip Ilicic?…freakin amazing talent,better than Barton,Nolan,Smith all together.

  • jimmymagpie

    May 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #15

    I cannot believe some of the things I read on here. Smith is slower than me, and I’m nearly 76, and crippled with arthritis and cancer. He’s the only player on the books slower than Nolan, and that takes some doing. He can’t pass, he can’t score, he can’t tackle, a bit like Simpson and Williamson really, and he’s on £60,000 a week. GET RID!!!

  • boater

    May 3, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Brutooon – Smith played against Villa when we beat them 6-0.

    Would it be harsh to say that this blog would be appreciably better if you didn’t contribute at all. You only ever spew out rotten, inaccurate and angry opinions man.

  • jimmymagpie

    May 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Boater – a bit harsh, he’s entitled to his opinion, but I agree that he should research his stats a bit better.

  • wynsleap

    May 3, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle should keep Alan Smith next season Ed?
    No they shouldn’t. His legs have gone and what he lacks in speed to get round the pitch he tries to make up for it by flying in wildly.
    As for his wages – reputedly £60000 per week.!!!
    We could get two decent performers in for that.
    NUFC is not a rest home for old horses.

  • fungus44

    May 3, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #19

    keep him as a squad player as it,s way to small

  • Brutooon

    May 3, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Boater – did he? ohhh i must miss the first 5 mins (when Smith is everywhere) then after that he is Anonymous

  • Brutooon

    May 3, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #21

    *the remaining 85mins he is anonymous

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #22

    nightfa11 – I’m English and I’d have to agree. There is a pool of players who are brilliant: Rooney, Wilshere, Walcott, A. Johnson and a few others (good thing is, they’re all young). Then you have your distinctly average players or, the ones who live on past glories and this sense of loyalty that I believe hinders us: Barry, Carrick, HESKEY, Lescott (this list would be far longer than the other).

    Some fans may go berserk at me for saying this, but I wouldn’t be against Barton and Nolan leaving, replacing them with Huddlestone (best technical English midfielder) and Kranjkar from Spurs. It’s not going to happen, I know, because they give us ‘team spirit’ – something the likes of Man U will have regardless of who takes to the pitch, because no player is bigger than the club and they recognise their leader is Fergie. He holds all the influence and you dare not cross him, Joey and Nolan hold to much power within our club. Just an observation.

  • Brutooon

    May 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Boater : for your info (and for others to know) i am not a big fans of these players

    1) Ameobi (all of you know how shit he is)
    2) Alan Smith (High wages, cant pass, cant tackle, anonymous all the time)
    3) Perch (simple not good enough)
    4) Routledge( a good RUNNER not a footballer)
    5) Xisco ( he been on loan TWICE to a Spain and he is not good enough)

    these are players who can’t bring us forward (or up) the table. We are a team that deserve to be up there. Even you Boater, you yourself would love NUFC to be as good as during Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson era right?

  • Toonarmy1993

    May 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #24

    didnt know players get paid 50k a week to help keep a good team spirit in the dressing room… he’s useless on the pitch, cant pass and when he does he just kicks it straight up in the air, why not let vuckic or donaldson have a go in centre midfield – that was the partnership against accrington in the cup wasnt it? play the youngsters against birmingham because the so-called experienced ones have done bugger all lately e.g. lovenkrands, shola… even kuqi merits a starting spot with his effort. Sell smith, perch, campbell (released) there not needed at all, donaldson should make an appearance before the end of the season – he deserves it

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #25

    just one word for alan smith in our squad and tat is USELESS

  • jamesnufc86

    May 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Coolcat- your spot on, I wouldnt be to upset if i seen both leave either, Barton is a gobshite and nolan is a good guy – but his creativity attribute’s are just not there

  • nightfa11

    May 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #27


    and also lazy as hell:D i watched few palermo matches & him and pastore..theyre rivals all everything..including whos being the laziest prick on the pitch:D

    both have great skills tho.. he was a bargain last year..i think they signed him for 1 million euros:)

  • jamesnufc86

    May 3, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Get rid of Smith and pay Peter Kay 50k a week, bet he has some quality bant up his sleeve

  • nightfa11

    May 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #29

    yup..get rid of smith & start paying howard web 50k per week 😀

  • Davies

    May 3, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m in agreement with Geoff777 – Pleased he’s on the mend and wish him the best of luck, should he be sold in the transfer window.

    If he isn’t sold I won’t moan too much, as we’ve already seen how thin our squad can get. Bit expensive for a backup, mind.

  • Davies

    May 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Nightfall – Genius. Shame Fergie’s already thought of that one.

  • solano

    May 3, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Ok Enrique is away….but some are willing to sell Barton and Nolan without a second thought….good grief!……that would be 3 of the 5 that have carried this team through the season….for the record, neither are really my type of player but we can’t be so casual and dismissive about getting rid of a major part of what has kept us in this division……the £17.5m we are reputedly going to get to spend will have to stretch an enormous long way if we wave bye bye to JB and KN and get a joblot of foreign unknowns in…..

  • Brutooon

    May 3, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #33

    that smith 50k per week can be top up for Andy Carroll demand before he join liverFOOOL

  • toonarmyuk

    May 3, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Eek! This guy would be the first one out of the door for me (well, after Ameobi that is)! He’s constantly injured, hasn’t got any pace to run or defend a midfield and is hopeless in front of goal.

    And to top it all he’s on £60k a week!!!!! I’ve heard he’s a nice guy, but there’s no room for sentimentality when he’s on that much money!

  • hanz_MLY

    May 3, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Lets’ give him a break .. or some1 please just break his leg .. again!

    Since he used to be a striker, I’d play him as a sole CF in 4-5-1. Of course, in place of Ameobi, any day!

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 3, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Don’t let your teeth slip out today solano, we know it isn’t going to happen. By the way, was my previous post topical enough for you?

  • davybtoon

    May 3, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #38

    for me i think we will make one big signing like kevin gamerio, n the rest will be players like puncheon, gradel, bothroyd, larrson, wednt, wanyama, williams, mbengue, tabouna as i think we only really need 2/3 for the first team with hba n gosling bk the rest of the signings is about beefing up the sqaud

  • gorskino10

    May 3, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Not really? getting older, has Injury problems, on ALOT of money per week.
    Sell him or trade him or release him dont need Smith, Id prefer to get Wanyama a young,strong DM to replace him and he would cost around 1 Mill or so.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #40

    I hope AP is savvy enough, to be aware of the fact that Wolfsburg are scrapping for survival and they have the likes of Diego in their ranks. I’m sure he is being friends with Steve Mclaren.


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