For weeks now there have been rumours of Alan Smith returning. Told by Newcastle he was free to find a new club, stories were rife that the ex number 17 was going to come back.
Today those rumours have gathered pace as the bookies have dropped their odds dramatically – some even refusing to take bets. The club are keeping quiet, but the Internet is awash with people ‘in the know’ who ‘guarantee’ he’ll be back. Whilst the majority of these are people taking a punt, the saying ‘there is no smoke without fire’ couldn’t be truer.
IF, and it is still a big if, Smith returns, it will divide opinion like no other transfer in recent memory. ‘Smudger’ was the local boy done good, the Rothwell kid who wore the Leeds badge like a coat of arms. Strong in the tackle (sometimes a little bit too much), a decent scoring record, and the heart of a Lion. He kissed the badge, he loved the club – genuine tears poured sown his face when we were relegated. But then what? The ultimate betrayal? He signed for ‘them’ on the wrong side of the Pennines. Leeds fans were shocked. Claims and counter claims flew about – Smith held out for this move, compared to ‘it was the only offer on the table’ – Smith waived a huge amount of money to sign for them, which helped with Leeds’ crippling debts at the time. He was hated by the same fans who used to adore him. A broken leg against Liverpool effectively put an end to his career there – he moved on to Newcastle, but was never the same player. He had been turned into a tough tackling central midfielder, and at Newcastle didn’t score a goal – unbelievable for a player who represented England as a striker….
So what now? Too young to be on the scrap heap, and interest in him will be high. His next move is likely to be his last, and will it be an ‘emotional’ homecoming? Some fans will continue to hate, some would welcome him back with open arms – like the prodigal son..
Me? I’ve seen too much over the last few years to let anything surprise me anymore. I honestly don’t care about his past anymore – in my younger days I would, and I understand why some will continue to. However, for me now, it’s what he does on the pitch – the club is more important to me that any one player (unless we ever signed Gary Neville!!). Is he good enough for us? Will he improve us? I honestly don’t know. The Smith of old would be a stunning signing at this level – the Smith of Newcastle days would disappoint. Maybe the challenge of being back here, and proving a point (any maybe righting a very big wrong) would rejuvenate a player who’s career has gone stale. The next few days are likely to show if we’re after him…
Still – will probably sign for Leicester – everyone else has!!!
All that matters to me is LUFC so although i wouldn't want him back in any capacity IF he returns and wears the famous White shirt he'll get my support.
He certainly won't be the "homecoming hero" many will make him out to be but this club is bigger than ANY 1 individual and especially this individual.
I still hope it's another "Hooper" to Leeds story but if true like the song says M.O.T
As I've said on other threads I'd prefer jones now we have a DCM but a fit Alan smith would be great, but is that wot were gonna get? Either way I'd support the lad despite the past, wot matters is here and now and the season ahead and if Alan smith can help us back to where we belong then I think any doubters will back the lad and get behind him. At the same time u can't blame some for doubting, I do however think that smith n brown midfield can get us promoted no doubt.
He had no choice but to leave, didnt take the money out of the club by refusing loyalty money, Has he ever scored against you? if he had I bet he put his head down and walk back to the centre circle. He is leeds through and through but inst the player he once was.
In the 2nd division yes I am that old he played well and was a star he would do the same for you.
In answer to the question Andy, I would hope, first and foremost,that it would put an end to all these fecking Smith threads. That said, I am with Rhino.
Have no animosity towards the lad at all in respect of his move across the Pennines.
But purely from a football point of view, he would not be anywhere near the sort of names I was hoping we would be trying to attract this season - especially when money is apparently such an issue. Agree with RAB. Never been the same player post Anfield for me.
He gave his all every week - but as for homecoming hero? We must be getting desperate. IMO
Will support the lad though - and hope if true it turns out well - for both club and player.
I think it would mean we would have a player that more than any other would do all he could to put us back in the prem
Of course this is my opinion I dont expect every one to agree with it
But I still think he would cut hes balls of to captain us back to were we come from
For me and this is only a personal opinion, it would mean that the club had to spend a great deal of money on a player who is in the twilight of his career with massive questions mark over his fitness.
Smithy was a great player and the memory of him in the white shirt will live for ever but what's gone has gone and the club should be looking forward not back.
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