Saturday, July 30, 2005

Alan Smith wants to replace Keane

Alan Smith from Manchester United has taken inspiration from Chelsea’s Eidur Gudjohnsen and decided to play in midfield. But while you’d think it would be in attacking midfield like Gudjohnsen, its not.

When I read the headline I thought, “Oh, wants to replace Scholes” and then I read Alan Smith actually wants to replace Roy Keane in a defensive midfielder’s holding role. Keane is planning to retire at the end of this season. I was suprised, but then thought it might be a good idea.

I commend Smith former Leeds United man, he’s never been a perfect fit as a striker and we may just see his do really well. He’s a gritty player and liked to dig for the ball from the front.

The switch will require patience from manager Alex Ferguson but could pay off over time. For now, he has the coaching staff’s support. Given the failure Manchester United had with Eric Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson’s un-emergence, the door is open for Smith.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I read this a few days ago, my first thought was, "this might actually turn out as a great career move for Smith!"

7/30/2005 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could work, but he'd need to keep concentration and discipline, not his best features at Leeds, but much improved since his move to Man U. His effort is good, and while his tackling is only fair, at least he has a good go.

8/03/2005 9:04 PM  

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