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Seven months on, it's £500,000 Matt Smith who poses Leeds the biggest threat

Ross McCormack's influence is undeniable but, based on current form, it's a different ex-striker Leeds will have to watch out for at Fulham.

As if it wasn't intriguing enough that Leeds United could potentially face two of their former strikers in one go at Fulham this week, it turns out the one they sold for £10.5 million less could prove a bigger threat at Craven Cottage.

Yes, Ross McCormack may have cost Fulham only £6m in terms of his initial fee but, with add-ons, his deal was reported to total up to a full £11m during the summer transfer window.

And, whichever fee it ends up as, Matt Smith's £500,000 price-tag is dwarfed either way.

That's not to criticise McCormack, of course, with the Scot producing for Fulham all season. But, in terms of goals, Smith is most certainly the bigger threat right now. In fact, the 25-year-old has been the Cottagers' only goal threat since returning from his loan spell at Bristol City.

  GoalsAssistsChances CreatedHeadersFinal-Third PassesShots On TargetAppearancesMinutes Played
Matt Smith 2 0 3 26 10 5 3 149
Ross McCormack 0 1 2 1 26 5 3 270

Indeed, since Smith return to Fulham, the target man has scored twice and won an astonishing 26 headers. He has also created more chances than McCormack and scored more from the same number of shots on target as the ex-Leeds man.

That is all despite playing far less minutes over the last three games than the 28-year-old and that's also not to mention the goals Smith was freely netting for Bristol City in League One.

Leeds centre-backs Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci will have to be especially watertight on Wednesday night, then, and produce a spectacular 90 minutes in the air.

Neil Redfearn's men mustn't neglect McCormack, of course, as Leeds of all sides know all too well what the Scot is capable of. But Smith is definitely the man in the limelight at the minute.

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