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Manchester United Striker To Villa?

Several reports this weekend are linking Martin O'Neill with a move for Alan Smith of Manchester United.

The link to Smudger Smith seems to be one that just won't go away. Having suffered a badly broken leg and a dislocated ankle in a tackle with Liverpool's John Arne Riise, an injury described by Sir Alex Ferguson as 'one of the worst I've seen' in the 2005/6 season, Smith has failed to win back his place in the Man Utd team and although he has said he wants to stay and fight for his place - and I'm sure I've read comments from Sir Alex Ferguson that the former Leeds striker still has a place at Manure - the player is now far lower in the pecking order that he might need a move to resurrect his career.

Reports have linked Aston Villa to Smith since the arrival of Martin O'Neill, both on a permanent deal with around £5million mentioned and on loan until the end of the season.

Name: Alan Smith
DOB: 28/10/1980
Height: 5'10'
Position: Striker/Midfielder

Leeds United 1998-2004 with 172 appearances and 38 goals.
Manchester United 2004 onwards. 52 appearances and 7 goals.
Smith has 16 England caps (1 goal)

Fergie tried to convert Smith into the next Roy Keane but the experiment didn't go to plan and the Man Utd boss was quoted as saying, when Smith returned from injury, that he'd be back as a striker.

If he is now over his injury, it would certainly be a great signing for Villa, he has a nasty, snarling streak that our squad has been lacking and he has played at the highest level. Him and the Hulk (John Carew) up front would surely worry a good few defences in the Premiership?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 27 2007

Time: 10:30AM

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Not sure..... Can't remember what his pace is like. On loan definately because he'd be better than Angel, but long term I think we could do better in the summer.
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27/01/2007 10:42:00

Definately worth a loan move and see how things work out,i really think Smith would do very well at the Villa,i reckon he`d come too.
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27/01/2007 10:44:00

he is a good tough player, think he'd do well for us, especially with a regular spot in the team. He is a natural winner who isn't afraid to get stuck in, as long as he is fully over his injury he'd be great. The Mirror are saying we might try to get him on loan with a view to a permanent move. Try before you buy!!!!
The Fear
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27/01/2007 10:45:00

Not quite sure on this one. Have thought for a while now the reason he has not got back in the United side is due to him not recovering properly from the injury. Must admit i didn't think he was that good before it.
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27/01/2007 11:04:00

A loan deal first would be the best option. Agree that we need some more "bite"...but not wholly convinced Smith's the man.
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27/01/2007 11:11:00

Good player I'd love to see him at Villa but would he want to come?
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27/01/2007 11:13:00

I will be very surprised if MON doesnt bring in at least another loan player (after all, we're allowed two) before the deadline, and personally I would be absolutely delighted if that player were Alan Smith. He would add so much to the present squad, and hopefully during the loan spell we could convince him to move here permanently. So go ahead Martin, you have my blessing.
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27/01/2007 11:52:00

cant' see why Smith wouldn't be tempted Christo, MON has a reputation and Villa are a big enough club for it not to be too much of a come down leaving Man utd (never easy leaving the likes of Man Utd)
The Fear
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27/01/2007 11:54:00

yea am just being realistic as alot of players when playing for a team in europe dont want to go for a team thats not europe but I guess players are a different type like some go to a club because they like the colour of the shirt or like the location or the club is in Europe or the club as a good respectful manager
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27/01/2007 12:06:00

The next Roy Keane? Well we already, supposedly have the next Patrick Viera in Osbourne, and we supposedly had "the next zidane" in Berson. Id take him but if he came it would mean someone has to go, my guess is Angel. I dont know it will work out maybe Gabby and Young on either flank with carew and smith in attack. But then there is Luke Moore. Either way, wed have some depth and it would be a pretty vicious attack
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27/01/2007 12:14:00

Smith is versatile in that he can play both in midfield and as a striker...i'd love him at Villa....we need someone to get really stuck in midfield. He suffered a very bad break but Villa is a place for players of his calibre to come back and be part of an exciting future.. I wouldnt want Angel to go just yet.....he might benefit most with Carew and Young now in the team....time will tell.
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27/01/2007 13:43:00

Smith is class, would love to see him at Villa.
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27/01/2007 14:51:00

He is wasted at Man Utd, I think he would be a fantastic addition to what is looking like a competitve squad. Got plenty of passion and guts, McCann could do with another graffter and he can pass a ball, runs with it well and can crack em in from anywhere
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27/01/2007 15:06:00

But would he play as a striker or a misfieilder? I think we are quite blessed with strikers but another option is always good (if he's not expecting to play every game) However, as a combative midfielder as he's been played at MUTD, he could be great competition for McCann. I think I prefer him as a midfielder and striker back-up than as an outright striker.
Villain Of The North
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27/01/2007 15:33:00

that should be "midfielder", we aready have enough misfielders on our books :-)
Villain Of The North
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27/01/2007 15:35:00

Another "rumour" but one well past his "sell-by" date. If we're going to be competing in Europe within 2 years why take their cast-offs now. Invest in youth, youth, youth...
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27/01/2007 15:54:00

I asked a MunU fan I know( from Manchester & a season ticket holder..makes a change!) and he said the reason he is not playing is Fergy wanted him to go to Cardiff on loan and he wanted to stay and fight for his place.Smudger, he was'nt asking you he was telling you.Since then he has been reduced to cup games and cut off to the reserves.On his ability I was told the ball STICKS...strong on the ball and excellent workrate.He never really got a good run up there except for when Ruud was injured and he started the season, he was sensational.Then Saha came and midfield beconed.He aint a midfielder.He has got the right tempermant but has'nt got the positional awareness you get playing a position since you where a kid.He is a striker and given his age and the determination to get his career back on track would be a real handful.Get him in!
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27/01/2007 16:39:00

I'd love to see him in our squad. With someone of his ability and ilk in the team I think it would raise our profile and we would certainly be heading in the right direction for the future to come. I'd prefer we buy him rather than a loan though, can see Moyes snapping him up if not.
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27/01/2007 18:09:00

his apperances to goals ratio isnt good if we do get him hope he will score loads as every1 else probly does
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27/01/2007 18:11:00

his games 2 goals ratio aint very good because at leeds he played a good lot right wing and at man u he started playing midfield and that must of affected the goals ratio.think if you stick him up front(where he is best) he would score goals as he showed at start for man u.
Belfast Villain
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27/01/2007 18:53:00

Might be OK if Smith came but...if Smith and Carew are up front, where does Gabby go? If Gabby goes back to the right of midfield, where does Young go? If Young goes into the centre, who from McCann and Petrov misses out? All nice problems to have. Does it mean that Luke and Davo turn into supersubs? Not to mention Angel and Sutton. Would look like a great aquad!
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27/01/2007 20:08:00

I like what I'm hearing who know more about him than me. I remember that O'Leary thought he could get him about 3 years ago when he left Leeds - but went to Utd but without much success for all the reasons stated earlier. So seems a better idea to get him on loan for a few months as opposed to signing Keabe now on a 2 or 3 year contract,
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27/01/2007 21:30:00

would be a gamble to buy smith, loan deal would be a better option, phil bardsley would be a more important permanent signing. only thing is, as you pointed out yam yam, where would you play him.
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28/01/2007 08:44:00

Lets trust MON on this one, the bloke shipped Baros out within 48 hours of his performance against Watford and got in Carew! Should be a fair bit left in the pot, 8 million for Young to begin with, but didnt we get nearly 7 million for some property that Ellis agreed to sell before the takeover?
Stourbridge Villan
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28/01/2007 09:43:00

I think this rumour has more to it than the usual ******, he would not be such a bad signing as once again we still need midfield-striker cover. Who knows he may even turn out to be half decent. People still remembering his Leeds days when he was young and angry?
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28/01/2007 10:23:00

He would be a great signing. Gives 100% every game. Smith, Wright-Phillips and Gera would suit me fine!
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28/01/2007 18:46:00

Gera ?? No thanks ! We dont need Smith either. A top class defender and a defence splitting midfielder would be better
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29/01/2007 10:17:00

have spoken to a few baggies fans and they have been very critical of Gera this season. Alan smith seems a good loan signing witha view to a move. He will bring (along with carew) what villa haven't had for a while, character.
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29/01/2007 11:45:00

Smith is an aggresive, vicious, nasty little piece of work, bloody marvelous, get him in, just what we need, some balls.
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29/01/2007 15:54:00

im not mad on the loan deal idea, if were talking about sending out signals and attracting other players they will want to know who we have got permanently. Also it creates all the will he wont he uncertainty a la milner towards the end of the loan which can embarass your club if they dont come in the end. If he's good enough buy him, if your not sure then dont. If thats the only way you'll get him to come - ok then. Great player IMHO.
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29/01/2007 17:15:00

Cant beleive there has been no progress on this today, cutting it fine.
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29/01/2007 17:54:00

rumour is hes turned us down.
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29/01/2007 20:09:00

He's staying put at Manure according to press.
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29/01/2007 22:22:00

Smith himself remains adamant that he's going nowhere, so presumably thats the end of the story.
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18/02/2007 04:51:00


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