Peter Beagrie: Matt Smith is 'babysitter' for former Leeds man

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The former Premier League winger has given his opinion on Fulham’s signing of Leeds forward Matt Smith.

Smith moved to West London in the late hours of deadline day, pocketing the Yorkshire club a fee of roughly £500,000.

The hulking centre forward moved to Elland Road in June 2013, following a spell with Oldham that saw him net four goals against Everton and Liverpool in FA Cup ties. His only season in Leeds colours brought a return of 12 goals in 39 Championship games, a respectable, if not remarkable, tally for the man expected step up following the departure of Championship top scorer Ross McCormack to Fulham for a record setting £11 million.

Smith started three games for the Whites this season, failing to score in a disastrous start to the season, and it was a surprise to see the Cottagers swoop to secure the 25-year old’s services, especially considering the money they spent on his former strike partner.

Whilst McCormack was always intended to be the main man following his move to West London, the Scottish international has yet to score in his five appearances for the Premier League hopefuls, registering just one assist in his most recent game - form that mirrors his sides start to the season.

For all his goalscoring talents, the 28-goal man has looked lost in the Cottagers starting line up, and, in his regular Sky Sports column, Peter Beagrie has admitted that he thinks Smith’s transfer is for McCormack’s benefit.

The former Manchester City man said: "Smith could be seen as a familiar babysitter for £11million Ross McCormack”; the implication being that Smith has arrived to link up with his former strike parter, and try to recreate their fruitful partnership

However, Beagrie did also say that Smith provides something that Fulham currently don’t have - brute force.

“[It could be] a case of Felix Magath realising that for all the possession and pretty patterns, The Cottagers need a bit of brute force to get goals,” the 48-year old said.

The pundit looks to be excited by the signing, and Fulham fans will be hoping that Smith makes the kind of impact that Beagrie has predicted he will - with their team sitting in the bottom three at this early stage of the season.

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