Returning Fulham striker comments on partnership with former Leeds team-mate Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack scoring for Leeds United

Matt Smith has recently returned from a successful loan spell with Bristol City.

Leeds United fans expected their star striker Ross McCormack to leave the club last summer, but his move did come as a shock - because of who bought him and for the cost.

It was recently relegated Fulham who splashed out a reported £11 million on the Scottish international, according to the BBC.

However it has been a difficult first season at Craven Cottage for the Scot. McCormack has managed just 12 goals in 42 appearances for The Cottagers, compared to the 29 he bagged for Leeds last season.

Although his Fulham career has been more profitable than another striker who switched Elland Road for Craven Cottage in the summer - Matt Smith.

The giant striker was deemed surplus to requirements at Leeds as the likes of Mirco Antenucci, Billy Sharp and Souleymane Doukara and Nicky Ajose all arrived in the striking positions.

With that in mind, Smith followed former Leeds team-mate McCormack to their Championship rivals.

His time at the club has been forgettable. He was sent off on his debut against Reading and only played two more games for the club, without scoring, before being loaned out to League One high-flyers Bristol City.

His time at Ashton Gate was far more productive. He scored 14 goals for the club and earlier this month returned to Craven Cottage - to hopefully rekindle that strike-partnership with McCormack that was so profitable at Leeds.

Smith has now scored his first goal for Fulham, albeit in a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth. But he was set up by McCormack and he has told Get West London about the link up:

"It’s disappointing we’re talking about it [the partnership] in March.

“We understand each other’s games very well, so it was good to be back out there together and we linked up well in parts.

“But I’d like to think I was bought on the back of a good season in my own right rather than as Ross’s partner."

Fulham fans will be hoping these former Leeds favourites can help them climb up the table in the final stretch of the season.

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