Alan Smith And Two Top Youngsters To Go Out On Loan


Newcastle are now prepared to let Alan Smith move out on loan in January.

Alan Smith – available to go out on loan

Smith has had a hard time getting any games at Newcastle this season, and he’s not on the bench too often either.

The news that the club will make Smith available for loan was sent out to clubs earlier in the week, and it will be interesting to see how many of them can afford Smith.

One problem with a loan deal will be Alan’s huge wages on Tyneside, which are said to be around £60K/week, and he will not be retained next summer,  when his five year deal runs out at Newcastle.

Leeds United, his home town club,  may be interested in Smith, but a similar deal in August could not be made because Leeds couldn’t afford to pay the part of Alan’s wages that Newcastle had requested.

The manager who signed him at Newcastle, Sam Allardyce, now at West Ham, could well be interested in securing Smith,  to shore up West Ham’s promotion chances, and that looks a decent possibility.

Smith will turn 31 tomorrow, and the loan deal will give him the opportunity of playing,  so he can secure a new deal at some other club in June.

This season Newcastle are very strong in central midfield with Cabaye, Tiote, Guthrie and 19 year-old top youngsters Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid all pushing for the first team.

Smith has made just one appearance for the first team this season,  and the former Leeds United and Manchester United player  has made a total of 93  appearances for the side.

Even though Alan was signed initially as a striker, he has never scored a goal for Newcastle.

And it turns out that Alan Pardew will also allow Haris Vuckic to move to a club in January to get some playing time, and also 19 year-old Northern Ireland International left sided midfielder Shane Ferguson.

Both lads need games to to further their development, and we think both youngsters will be snapped up pretty quickly, since when they have played for the Newcastle first team they have certainly looked the part on Tyneside.

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10 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Great Trim the Squad Further, Smith Fine but the other two, I dont know

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Excellent news Smith needs to make way for a real alternative to Tiote who – as we saw yesterday- is fundamental to Newcastle’s defensive strength. Guthrie for me is excellent as back up for Cabaye but without Cheik, Newcastle’s back four appears incapable of conceding fewer than 3 goals per game.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    @toon Brother

    I thought i will never hear point # 5, that you put on the last thread

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    we desperately need a cb i think pieters IS a player we must buy cause he can play in lb and CB pos

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  • Charlietoon

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    I think this is good news. We will hopefully buy another player or two that will be close to or in the first team upon arrival. Pieters is one everyone seems to think will slot right in.

    Smith will finally move on hopefully at smaller wages as he knows he has to earn his next contract or find himself with no suitors at all despite being free.

    I think Vukic and Fergie do need games and the team we played in the carling cup shows we dont need them right now. Lets see them go and become the star of another team and then bring them back ready to go….just before next years transfer window 🙂

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  • Stuart

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Indian Magpie, Vuckic and Fergy are both midfielders which is by far our strongest area of the pitch, they’ll be very lucky to get many games at all now that we’re out of the league cup.

    Its a good move to loan them out and further their development. We have tonnes of cover in midfield.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    I agree that it will be good for Vuckic & Ferguson to have some time playing in the Championship or League 1 & it’s about time Smith went. But last night proved how thin we are on the ground at CB & we need a goalscorer to supplement Best & Ba. It also proved how valuable Steve Taylor & Tiote are & how we could be in big trouble if either are out for long.

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  • Sav

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Were new boys, Ben Arfa, Marveaux and Santon any good last night?

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #9

    @Indian magpie. Ive considered Danny Guthrie a massive talent ever since he had a decent spell under keegan. He is clearly the type of player that thrives on game time. He is one of the best passers of the ball we have and as he showed yesterday he’s also got a sweet long range strikes in his locker. Having him around I not too concerned about Cabaye getting injured

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    * ….got a sweet long range strike in his locker.Having him around I’m not too concerned about Cabaye getting injured*

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