Sean Davis on what former Leeds United striker offers Fulham

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Former Leeds striker Matt Smith can make a big difference for the Cottagers, according to their former midfielder.

Matt Smith will add a different dimension to Felix Magath's Fulham side, according to ex-midfielder Sean Davis.

The former Leeds United striker joined the Cottagers on Deadline Day, becoming the second forward this summer to trade Yorkshire for London, with Ross McCormack being the first.

And Davis believes Smith's ability in the air as a target man will give Fulham a much-needed boost this season.

“He is a big lad and that is something different that he can add to the team," Davis said.

"A lot of times this season we get the ball wide and there is hardly anyone in the box so we tend to go back and then play across, so with Matt in there hopefully we can get some balls in the air to him.

"He can knock balls down and that is something we have needed.”

The west London side have so far struggled in the Championship this term, amassing just one point from their opening five games.

Leeds, by contrast, have won two of their first five, although that did not stop owner Massimo Cellino from sacking Dave Hockaday, who had lost three in four.

Fulham travel to Reading for their next league clash this weekend, where 25-year-old Smith could make his debut.

Smith moved to Craven Cottage for a reported fee of £500,000.

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