Alan Smith Could Play Against Chelsea – Leon Best Doubtful


While we heard today that captain Kevin Nolan has played his last game for Newcastle this season,  there are two Newcastle players potentially on their way back.

Alan Smith – keen to return to Newcastle side

Both Alan Smith and Leon Best are back in training after both have recovered from the ankle injuries they picked up this year.

Both required operations and Leon had his in early April, but Alan Smith’s was a lot more serious, and the former Red Devils and Leeds United player has been out since early January.

And it seems from what manager Alan Pardew has said today, that Smith has the better chance of making the tough game on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Smith is said to be keen to make his return from his serious ankle injury, and Alan Pardew talked about the two returning players today:

“We’ll look forward to having Alan involved in training on Friday and Saturday, and we’ll make a decision for Sunday.”

“I’m not sure about Bestie. He’s probably a bit behind Alan, but we’ll see.”

It would be good to see Alan in action on Sunday, but ti seems to be asking a lot of the player to come back in such a tough game, but we all know Smith is a tremendous professional.

We have to hope that all these injuries the Newcatsle squad have picked up this year, is not pointing to next season once again being full of injuries for the squad.

Newcastle were renowned a few seasons ago for all the injuries the squad had season after season, and were always top of the Premier League Injury table, almost all the time.

When Chris Hughton came in he seemed to reduce the number of injuries greatly by not risking injured players at all, and of course Chris only had a tiny squad at his disposal, but he still got the job done last season, to his enormous credit.

Since Pardew’s arrival in December, those injuries seem to have increased significantly, and we have to hope it’s only a coincidence.

And with all the players out injured at the moment, it’s very hard to see Newcastle getting anything at all from their final trip to London this season, on Sunday afternoon.

But as usual, we’re hoping for the very best.

Howay The Lads!!

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52 comments so far

  • lee1892

    May 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #1

    This is even worse news then hearing Kev Nolan is out for the season.

    He may be fit to play football but Alan Smith is not fit enough to wear black and white in the prem… He’s awful !!!!

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  • Billy1985

    May 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    get him up front cant do any worse than shola and proven striker

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Well said Lee . Here’s a plan don’t pick smith for da squads and get him thick so he’ll leave( hahaha)!!!!!!

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  • Andy

    May 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #4

    HA!

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  • Toonmania

    May 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #5

    liverpool’s decisionto employ Dalglish permanently is very short sighted because now they are going to have to pay out 2 & 1/2 years of compensation after he gets sacked next season

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  • Andy

    May 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Dalglish will be like Glen Roeder was. Great as caretaker poor as proper manager. Both took over from people the fans never wanted also.

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  • lee rob

    May 12, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Can wayne not come back and help us out ,now that qpr’s season is fin?

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  • WWJBD

    May 12, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Wayne is back in Newcastle according to reports but dont know what the deal is with him playing for us…if QPR have a deal in place to sign him from us then we wont be risking him

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  • ToonOz

    May 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t understand why Pardew would want to play Alan Smith at this stage of the season. We have nothing to play for, therefore, give a youngster a chance in the lineup instead. Someone who has a future at the club.

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  • ToonOz

    May 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #10

    ….And is hungrier for the opportunity and chance. Imagine the confidence it would give them

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  • gorskino10

    May 12, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Pardwho is too scared for this job plays overated players ahead of ones who should play, Like Strolla, and if Smith plays he hasnt even played Reserve’s also Vuckic/Lua Lua is back and these last games you HAVE TO TRY Fergusson at LW and Airey upfront. What about Micheal Richardson he should get the nod. also James Tavernier over the hughly average Danny Simpson. Had enough of these players like Smith just collecting wages and constantly being injured. he better be going at end of season.

    Please Pardwho play the youth after the cup win they deserve some gametime.

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  • gorskino10

    May 12, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #12

    @wwjbd
    Also Wayne is STILL at QPR as a tweet of his said he isnt at NUFC but in “LDN” meaning London.

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  • WWJBD

    May 12, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #13

    @gorskino1
    IS he? AS I said it was according to reports that I read.

    (wasent being rude with the random capitaled words just playing along 🙂 )

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  • WWJBD

    May 12, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #14

    And why isnt the prat back up here? We are who he is signed to until summer….he said he wanted to fight for his place here not long ago

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  • gorskino10

    May 12, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Ah right 🙂 well anyway i would think he would be ready to play, too scared of the defences in the EPL for some reason :p

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  • clinta3

    May 12, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d prefer to never see Smith play for Newcastle again and hope he leaves in the summer. He’ll hardly be missed.

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  • WWJBD

    May 12, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #17

    maybe we dont want to show QPR how ‘good’ he is in the PL…they might cancel the deal with us haha

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  • Brutooon

    May 13, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #18

    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 appearances

    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)

    I prefer we play the Youngsters (Vuckic or Donaldson) so that will gave them confident coming to pre-season.

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  • Andy

    May 13, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #19

    We drew at home to Wigan :S. Collo equaliser in last minute

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  • Brutooon

    May 13, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #20

    typo* Away against Wigan

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  • Andy

    May 13, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #21

    We won that one :S haha 1-0 Shola. But i agree he is shite

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 13, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Why does anyone think that throwing in youngsters against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is going to give them confidence?

    We’ll probably lose by 3 or 4 and it would do exactly the opposite.

    Some of you are just looking for reasons to criticise Pardew

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 13, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #23

    And Brutooon, please stop making up Stats lol. You originally missed out the time we beat Villa, and now you’ve made up us losing away to Wigan

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  • Brutooon

    May 13, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #24

    we are definitely safe already, we got 2 remaining game left. Start Ranger, Start Vuckic and maybe start Tavernier.

    Some people confuse dream and reality – Even with Alan Smith, we wont win against Chelsea

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  • Brutooon

    May 13, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #25

    ToonDownSouth : i do also post the Villa game – thats the only game Alan Smith starts and won. I even post the link

    Go see a doctor, might be a problem with your eyes

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  • Brutooon

    May 13, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #26

    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 appearances

    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 AWAY AGAINST SPURS)

    Ok the Wigan match is my mistake, its actually away vs Spurs. But it doesnt matter – its the same stats

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  • partizanovec

    May 13, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #27

    Smith was terrific in Villa trashing.
    If I remember well, he could have earned a penalty / could have almost scored!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 13, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #28

    I was talking about a post the other day – you claimed we hadnt won with Smith in the side until someone corrected you.

    It’s just a shame you’re not all football managers – clearly you have a much better knowledge of tactics and youth development than the manager and coaching team, who’ve worked in the game their entire lives.

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  • gorskino10

    May 13, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #29

    But our mix of Youth plus first teamers beat Chelsea, be it in the Cup but it was a good blend, Vuckic/Krul/Ranger/Fergusson etc.. along with Barton/Colo etc…

    We should do this again because throwing youth in its the BEST time to see if they are ready, pre-season you cannot judge if a youngster will do well but to put him in on a real EPL match is our way to see if these players have a future, Donaldson contract is up this summer (or next) worried he wont get a renenwal, i fort he was average BUT could be worth seeing him play maybe he will have a breakout game getting MOTM?
    Micheal Richardson even should get ahead to see if he is ready for next season its a good way to see our Youth and TBH we are safe so it doesnt matter.

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  • Baro

    May 13, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #30

    Wow! The criticism on this blog…. Just too much. The only reason each and every one of us is typing a comment on this blog as i am doing right now is because we/ you support Newcastle United in one way or another. I don’t want to slate anybody and any player. We are safe in Premier League, but all of you just want to say he is sh** or gaffer is sh**, i don’t get this all the time. If you say you are Newcastle United supporter than *** act like it… You can’t slate a player day in and day out. If ameobi scored another peno everybody on this blog will be with him again. We just have Lovo, and Ameobi, Ranger as Pardew won’t play youngsters just yet. Well, not everybody wants Lovo, Ameobi as our head striking partners, but the transfer market is closed what can you do about it? Nothing, just carry on, we got our goal didn’t we? Pardew always said Alan Smith was an influential figure in training even though he wasn’t fit, that is what we need, for one player to look after another….

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  • Thump

    May 13, 2011 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #31

    Well said baro mate. Glad somebody else sees that this blog is full of those in desperate need of anti-depressants. (Not all of you, of course.)

    On topic: Vuckic is injured, as is LuaLua. Chances are Barton will be moved into the middle and Raylor will be moved out right.

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  • shearermania

    May 13, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #32

    our squad is so depleted and dodgy so we should get thrashed,….well the way it has worked so far we will probably go there and nick a 1-0 shola the donkey the hero….earns the #9. and will go on next season banging in 30 goals….
    thats a positive post for you……now where did i leave my medecin

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  • Baro

    May 13, 2011 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #33

    shearermania

    Well is there anything besides talking you can do to take Shola Ameobi out?

    The answer will always be NO!

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  • Baro

    May 13, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #34

    Graham Carr has been regularly checking up on Cheikh M’Bengue the French/Senegalese Left Back. More and more signs of Jose Enrique leaving. There is too much signs that he has already left the club. You just never see that smile on his face any longer.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1386484/Newcastle-check-defender-Cheik-MBengue-amid-doubts-Jose-Enrique.html

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  • The Entertainers

    May 13, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #35

    If you can’t beat them …….
    Seen as we r safe this should ‘be’ our next x11
    Soderberg
    Tavernier
    Moyo
    Folan

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  • The Entertainers

    May 13, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #36

    If you can’t beat them …….
    Seen as we r safe this should ‘be’ our next x11
    ( with Beardsely as manager of course )
    Soderberg
    Tavernier
    Moyo
    Folan
    Fergie
    Trialist from Byker under 15’s
    The kid Joey Barton decked
    Tracey Beaker
    Ant or Dec’
    Shearers daughter
    And …..Shola.

    I don’t care if we get beat 10-0, we need to give the kids a chance. Getting beat 10-0 at Chelsea will make each and everyone of them world beaters, well at least that’s what happened when I did it on football manager!

    Plus I also want to sell all our players who played this season, promote all youth players and sign only players from Barca, Madrid and Milan!

    I apologise if this appears to ‘be’ a duplicate message, as I know it’s the thoughts of most on here 🙂

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  • bills-son

    May 13, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #37

    Ameobi is sh%te?

    You t0$$ers who keep saying that are in no way shape or form true Toon supporters.

    These are the facts; Shola has started 19 Premier games, scored 6 goals and has 5 assists. He has played in many of those games when he hasn’t been anywhere near 100% match fit and even played with a mask for a few games just a month after breaking his cheekbone.

    A the above stats world beaters? No. Sh%ite tho? Absolutely not.

    Shola has played a huge part in keeping us in the Prem, especially after we lost Carroll. He was absolutely brilliant in the two games against Sunderland and put in one of the performances of the season in the League Cup win at Chelsea.

    You Ameobi haters should shut the fk up and grow up.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 13, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #38

    All those saying we should give the young uns a chance against Chelsea saying it will do wonders for their confidence are wrong. If we win against Chelsea it would, but if we lose (very likely) by anything between 2-0 and 5-1 it would have the opposite effect. A real downer. this is why most managers let the kids have a few minutes when the team is winning.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 13, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #39

    bills son,

    I think it’s just that Shola is inconsistent that annoys people. I don’t think anyone really truly hates the guy.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 13, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #40

    Geordie german,

    It’s a meaningless match for both teams, no pressure at all. how could tavernier for Simpson or Vuksic for Nolan and Fergie weaken anything?

    we all know what Smith can’t do, we’ve seen it a 100 times.

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