'I’d love for him to stay' - Bristol City boss wants to keep Leeds and Fulham reject Matt Smith

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Matt Smith scored four for Bristol City against Gillingham last night.

In the summer Leeds United made plenty of changes. One such change was the departure of Matt Smith. The giant striker was deemed surplus to requirements at Leeds as the likes of Mirco Antenucci, Billy Sharp and Souleymae Doukara and Nicky Ajose all arrived in the striking positions.

With that in mind Smith followed former Leeds team-mate Ross McCormack to Championship rivals Fulham. But his time at Fulham has not gone any smoother.

He has struggled for first-team football at Craven Cottage, perhaps more than he would have at Leeds, with the likes of McCormack, Hugo Rodallega, Cauley Woodrow and George Williams all ahead of him in the pecking order.

With that in mind he was recently loaned out to Bristol City, not playing at Ashton Gate however is not an issue. He has played seven times for the club, scoring eight goals. That includes an incredible four-goal haul last night against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy.

So while Leeds and Fulham were not keen on having Smith on their books, Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill is desperate to keep hold of him. In quotes from the Western Daily Press the City boss said:

“I’ve spoken to Kit about Matt Smith and I don’t think anything has changed.

“He was fifth or sixth choice at Fulham when he came to us and I don’t see him getting in their side ahead of the likes of Hugo Rodallega and Ross McCormack.

“Matt was magnificent tonight and he’s enjoying his football with us. I’d love for him to stay beyond the end of January and I’m confident that can still happen.”

Giving the way he is banging in the goals, both Leeds and Fulham could probably do with him back.

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