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.