Alan Smith Could Return – Already Looking Very Fit


With Cheick Tiote almost certain to be left out of the Newcastle side for the last two games of the season, we were wondering only yesterday who would come in to replace him.

Alan Smith – could return for last two games

And would you believe there is news today that Alan Smith is back in full training, and trained with the Reserves yesterday, and suffered no ill effects at all.

Alan is still the vice captain of Newcastle, and has always been a strong voice in the Newcastle dressing room, and perhaps he can come in to replace yellow card prone Cheick Tiote in the last two games of the season.

It seems to be asking a lot of  Smith to be ready for Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge,, after he has been out since January with an injured ankle.

But it’s also a bit of a boost for Newcastle, if Alan Smith can come in and get the job done for Newcastle in the final two games of the season.

This is what Assistant manager john Carver said today:

“I was at the club yesterday because Alan and Kazenga made a little bit of a comeback in training.” “Both of them joined in and Alan did everything asked of him, including playing in an 11 v 11 game.”

“Alan looks in absolutely fantastic condition but then that does not surprise me because he is such a good professional.” “He has been out injured, but he has not let his fitness levels drop.”

“Alan is a good player but his general approach is just as impressive. He really looks after himself.” “I have come across players before who, when they are out injured, it takes them longer than it should to come back because they don’t take care of themselves but that is not Alan.”

“He does not drink, which is a good start.” “He is one of these lads who is determined to come back as soon as possible and because he is like that he will no doubt be thinking to himself he wants to play again this season.”

One of the reasons all of Alan Smith’s previous managers liked him so much, including Sir Alex Ferguson, was that he’s simply a first class professional, as John Carver attests to above, and the 30 year-old has a very positive outlook.

Alan really got the job done for Newcastle when it really mattered last season, after the club had been relegated, and ti would be terrific is he can come back and help the side out for the last two games of the season.

Smith still seems to have been a huge influence in the dressing room, since he’s been out injured over the last several months.

And it seems manager Alan Pardew does not want Alan Smith to go anywhere in the summer, and wants him in the squad and to see out the last year of his five year contract next season.

It would be excellent if Alan Smith can come in and give two good performances for Newcastle to end off this season, the side needs him right now.

For the record, Alan Smith has appeared 91 times for Newcastle with no goals since he was signed in the summer of 2007, by Sam Allardyce from Manchester United for around £6M, and has had an injury ravaged time on Tyneside.

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23 comments so far

  • Bell

    May 10, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    i think alan could do well against chelsea. im not sure he could live up to the standards of cheik tiote but he will put some tackles in.

    im not expecting aot from the chelsea game, but im hoping for a win against WBA last da of the season.

    TOOON!

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  • bills-son

    May 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I remember the first few games of last season when Smithy was terrific and set the tone for our very aggressive approach to matches – if any team thought we were going to get muscled out of games they soon got the message.

    What Smithy has lacked in goals and skill he has always tried to make up by giving 100% and along with Chris Hughton, Harper, Nolan and Barton he deserves the highest respect for galvanising the lads after we got relegated.

    If he’s fit – keep Tiote for next season – play Smithy in the last two games and lets give the lad the cheer he deserves.

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Looks like Smith is going in the shop window to me!

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    If only looking fit could make you pass for a footballer and get paid 60K a week for it !!
    It’s nothing short of daylight robbery.

    Looking fit, yet unable to create any goals, score any goals, move at speed, be regularly injured and possess an incredible ability to collect yellow and red cards with daft challenges. OOH yeah give us more of that.

    Trouble is Pardwho will, when really he should be one of the first names on the out tray. We already have the slowest midfield in the EPL, bar Tiote.

    Oh I forgot yes he gives 100%. So 100% and looking fit …hmmmm….

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  • alex84

    May 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    can’t fault his commitment and work ethic, just lacks that bit of pace and quality.

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  • lborotoon

    May 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    id quite happily see smudge fill the dcm role for the next two games, in fact i think id prefer it to playing tiote for a couple of reasons.

    firstly, hes a top pro and a good influence in the dressing room and wether you think hes a worldbeater or a terrible player, lets face it-hes not at either extreme. he never complains, you never see him in the media giving it the ‘big I am’, he just gets on with it so for this reason i think he should play

    on another note, if there were any thoughts selling him in the summer, surely it would be good to play him just to show that he is back to fitness and stil a capable player – who in their right mind would sign a layer who has been out all the previous season(almost) injured!?

    so my view is, like him or loathe him, playing him is the right option in terms of what the lad deserves and whats best for the club.

    well, thats my humble opinion anyway..:)

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  • Davies

    May 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve a lot of time for Alan Smith; he’s a good lad and completely committed. Best of all, he isn’t Michael Owen.

    There’s always the chance we’d still be in the Championship without his sterling performances at the start of last season.

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    May 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Tuck Barton in the middle alongside Nolan and play Jonas/Raylor on the wings or Jonas/Fergie.

    You cannot expect Smithy to return immediately in a high profile EPL match after a bad injury.

    Oh and I must also add that he is not good enough to grace the EPL, pay him up in the summer and send him on his way with thanks.

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    May 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Tbh I never expected us to get Gamiero, we will end up with either Carlton Cole or Shane Long.
    Same as we won’t get Gervinho, we will get Seb Larsson instead.

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  • Sav

    May 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    He was great in the Championship and there’s no doubting the lad is a genuine bloke who puts in all he can. But this isn’t fight club, its football. Gritted teeth only get you so far and I am sad to say Smudger contributes little in the way of pace or passing, absolutely nothing in attack – as his record is testimony – and he gives away too many free kicks. All this in the context of a bloke who earns reputedly 2.5 million pounds a year from the club.
    You want to give him another one just because he’s a good guy to have around? That is sentimental BS.
    I hope Smith IS in the shop window, or that he does his coaching badges and comes back to put his ‘good guy’ credentials to more productive use making young men of our academy trainees. I hope we are aiming for a Europa spot next year and frankly, don’t see Alan Smith playing any part in it.

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  • Brutooon

    May 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    i said this millions of time:

    1) can’t pass ( well he can only make short and BACKWARDS passes)

    2) can’t tackle (one tackle in 90 mins)

    3) lively in the first 5 mins, ANONYMOUS the next 85 mins (Midfield should control the ball the whole 90 mins i.e Tiote)

    4) 29 years old, so he no longer “young” for us

    5) high wages on a below average player

    6) Good motivator/leader BUT not a good leader. Extend his contract as a full time motivator (maybe 1k per week wages)

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  • Oleg G

    May 10, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Has Passion, but no ability to back it up. Just a cluless players. Like Brutoon said before me. Can’t pass, Can’t shoot, looses the ball all the time, no touch, makes lots of unnecessary fouls and no football intelligence.

    Sorry Alan, you are a nice guy but if Newcastle wants to get above average, then we have to sell him.

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  • Brutooon

    May 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    here are alan smith stats for 2010/2011 so far via
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/7813/alan-smith?cc=4716

    I manage to collect ONLY stats for his premierleague appearance when he started (i ignore his subs appearance)

    8 apperances

    1 win (the aston villa game)

    2 draw ( Wolves and Mackems)

    5 loses ( Away at Man Utd , Home against Blackpool Home, Bolton 5-1, Westbrom and Home against Wigan)

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  • tjshawsey

    May 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    I was at the club yesterday because Alan and Kazenga made a little bit of a comeback in training.”
    I would rather hear how kazenga is getting on!

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 10, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Give Smith last chance then!!!

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  • Brutooon

    May 10, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    last chance as in Testimonial match?

    he is 29 yrs old and we got tiote and gosling as DM, can’t see him playing for us next season

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  • PoolieToon

    May 10, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    He can be as fit, professional, committed and a top bloke as much as he wants for 60k a week. Im sure any of us would be.

    Pardwho says he likes him cos he motivates the dressing room, ofcourse he would cos thats Pardwho’s job to motivate the team! Which 1 should get Paid to do it then?

    A fair amount of u want to cut dead weitght but u like Smith cos he is a great leader off the pitch, HE IS PAID TO BE ON THE PITCH! Nolan can do both so there is one problem solved.

    If you have the qualities to lead and motivate a team then u be a call centre supervisor NOT A PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALLER ON 60K A WEEK!

    rant over!

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  • toon-4-ever

    May 10, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Stick him up front instead of shola with Ranger – would be good combative forward – see if he can discover his Leeds form.

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  • bills-son

    May 10, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda heights – Pardwho?

    I’ll tell you who …

    The manager who has played 10 home games, won 4, drawn 4 and lost just 2. Unlike Hughton who played 8, won 2, drew 2 and lost 3 – against Blackpool. Stoke and Blackburn. Plus – Pardwho did it without Carroll in all but one game and without Tiote and Barton in a good few.

    Thats who.

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  • Elfy_Toon

    May 10, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    He’s not tiote, but he’s a good solid midfielder, stops them playing and gives them something to think about with his tackles. He always gives 100% and thats all we can ask, we’re not the force we used to be and we can hardly complain considering we are a mid table team. I’d keep him on till he retires, as much as everyone complains that its pardews job to motivate, it certainly helps when you have players who motivate the team as well. He helped us out last year with some fantastic performances and he is useful against team like stoke, blackburn, bolton and wolves. Hire him as a coach as well because he’s been there and done that for manchester united, leeds (in their prime) and us so he must know a trick or two.

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  • bills-son

    May 10, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Soz – played 8, won 2, drew 3 and lost 3 !

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  • Billy1985

    May 10, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    why not put him up front……he was a amazing striker for leeds tore teams apart, plus with it being smith people will want to get stuck into him so why not we have nothing to lose

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