Leeds sold Matt Smith in September, yet he is still third best in Championship over last two years in key area

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Leeds United's Matt Smith may be in League One at present, but his recent record still holds up.

Former Leeds United striker Matt Smith has the third best headed goals record over the past two Championship seasons, report WhoScored.

Going back to the start of the 2013/14 season, Blackburn Rovers' in-demand Rudy Gestede leaves his rivals in his wake, contributing 16 goals with his head.

He is followed by Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy on 13, before Bournemouth's Yann Kermorgant and Fulham's Matt Smith sit level on eight.

Smith's place on the list is fascinating. He was sold by Leeds United on deadline day to Fulham, but did not score a single goal for the west London side.

He didn't net any for Leeds before he was sold, meaning his high place on the list is entirely down to his efforts last season, with eight of his 12 Championship goals coming with his head. 

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What is absolutely remarkable is that this season, Leeds United have not scored a single headed Championship goal, and they are the only side not to do so. Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest lead the league on 11 each.

Meanwhile Matt Smith is out on loan at League One side Bristol City, and has scored nine goals for the club during the spell already, four in League One, one in the FA Cup, and four in one game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

When broken down like this, it appears so simple that Leeds may have made a big mistake by letting go of a striker who can add a different element to their attack, or at least have failed to replace him adequately.

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