Elland Road

Next Game

Leeds v Sheff Wed

Saturday, 04 October 2014, 12:15

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Elland Road

Last Game

Leeds 0 - 0 Reading

Wednesday, 01 October 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Smith making giant strides

Leeds striker Matt Smith believes he is already a better player than the one who joined the club from Oldham five months ago.

Last Updated: 07/11/13 at 11:50 Post Comment

Matt Smith: Making giant strides at Leeds

Matt Smith: Making giant strides at Leeds

The 6ft 6in forward has been labelled as one-dimensional since bursting on to the scene with match-winning goals in Oldham's FA Cup win over Liverpool last season.

Smith, 24, also scored in the following round against Everton and again in the replay defeat at Goodison Park, with those goals earning him a two-year deal with Leeds in June.

"I'm more mobile than I was at Oldham," Smith said. "There's definitely more to come from me.

"My endurance over the 90 minutes and the tempo of my game.

"My passing and my touch has improved with playing with better players.

"But it's an all-round thing. My aerial ability is a big part of my game, something I thrive on.

"That's how I look to impose myself on games and lately that's working for me.

"But I'm constantly trying to brush up all the rough edges of my game, I can be a good player."

Smith, who had been linked with a move to Blackburn before opting for Elland Road, has scored five goals in 14 appearances this season and has started in Leeds' last three matches.

"I'm a hard worker, I'm pretty relentless in that way," he added.

"I'll strive to be the best player I can be. I know I'm by no means the finished article but seeing improvements is pleasing from a personal point of view.

"It's my second professional club. Oldham has a lot of history but, in terms of the fanbase and the size of the club, you can't really compare it with Leeds.

"You can put it up there with the top five or six clubs in the country."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ndros f***ing Townsend, really Roy? ...was also by first thought. Followed closely by where have all the defenders gone? , and Jesus, that midfield looks weak .

al4monkey
England call-up for Clyne

T

he 'where does it end' argument is an absurd one and completely misses the point of the Rooney Rule, which applies to all minorities. It doesn't force any team to appoint anyone, it merely requires them to interview at least one minority candidate.

foreverlostsoul
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Footer 365

European Qualifiers: No Sturridge rift with Liverpool, says England boss Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson insists there is no dispute with Liverpool after omitting striker Daniel Sturridge from the England squad.

European Qualifiers: Nathaniel Clyne and Jonjo Shelvey in England squad as Daniel Sturridge is omitted

Nathaniel Clyne has been named in England's squad for the European Qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

England Under-21: Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers in Euro play-offs squad

Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers have been named in the England Under-21 squad for the Euro U21 playoffs.

Mail Box

Again, It's Football365 Being Racist...

'The worst piece of ill-informed PC garbage that I've ever read on the interweb' - that's Nick Miller's Rooney Rule column. The rest of the Mailbox is more fun...

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property