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One Of NUFC’s Most Expensive Ever Mistakes Shown The Door

8 years ago
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Newcastle United have announced the departures of eleven players, including Guthrie, Lovenkrands and the disastrous Alan Smith, a player who must have cost the club around £20m and not even one goal in five years to show for it.

Even Albert Luque and Xisco managed a goal each. While Smith was a confirmed midfielder by the time he arrived at St.James’ Park, I had to look twice when I was in the local the other day and they had an England DVD compilation on. There was Alan Smith busting a gut to throw himself at a corner kick to score a brave and superb header, where was that commitment at St.James’ Park? All we saw was somebody jogging around the midfield with the odd stupid lunge to pick up yet another yellow card.

Peter Lovenkrands gave us more than value for money as he signed twice for nothing, played a decent role in the promotion season and good luck to him on his charity endeavours in memory of his dad.

As for Danny Guthrie, apparently the club did offer him a new contract but couldn’t agree terms, I wouldn’t have bothered if I was them. An average injury prone player who doesn’t look to have the athleticism, stamina or drive to do it in the Premier League.

Younger players left looking for new clubs are Samuel Adjei, Phil Airey, Ryan Donaldson, Stephen Folan, Jeff Henderson, Tamas Kadar, Greg McDermott and Patrick Nzuzi, good luck to them all in hopefully continuing their football careers elsewhere.
New contracts have been offered to Paul Dummett, Bradden Inman, Conor Newton, Michael Richardson and James Tavernier.
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