Leeds should attempt to bring Matt Smith back to Elland Road if Kyle Lafferty deal falls through

Elland Road Revie Stand

United have been heavily linked with a move for the Norwich forward during this window, but perhaps they should look at the Fulham striker instead.

With Leeds and Norwich currently struggling to come to an agreement regarding a potential deal that would see Kyle Lafferty move to Elland Road (via Daily Mirror), perhaps it is time that United considered a move for a striker that has some unfinished business with the Championship outfit. 

With Fulham's current transfer embargo meaning that the Cottagers are having to work under heavy restrictions when it comes to making additions to their squad (via Get West London), they may well consider letting some of their fringe players move on to create space in their squad to allow them to make some signings to see them through until the end of the season.

With that in mind, Leeds should certainly be considering trying to bring former forward Matt Smith back to the club, who has struggled to hold down a place at Craven Cottage since his departure. 

While the idea of recruiting a fringe player from a side that are six places below them in the table may have United fans concerned about the quality of the player they are signing, it is important to remember that, despite sitting 19th, Fulham are the leading goalscorers in the division this term.

Therefore, there is no shame on Smith's part that he cannot break into the side. Moussa Dembele and another former Leeds man Ross McCormack have scored 22 goals between them this season, with the Scotsman's personal total of 13 strikes making him the division's joint top goalscorer. 

Smith showed during his spell at Elland Road that he is able to prove his doubters wrong. Making the move from Oldham, the 26-year-old showed that he was capable of making the step up by scoring 12 goals and bagging six assists in 39 Championship appearances in his only full season with the club. That total is all the more impressive given that Smith only started 20 of those games.

He may not be the prolific forward that is going to inspire United to the Premier League on his own, but he would certainly be a useful option for Evans to have.

Smith offers an aerial presence that would be especially useful in this current Leeds side. When he was at the club previously, he was often relying on McCormack dropping slightly deeper and whipping crosses in.

However, the side now boast a cluster of full-backs and wingers that are more than capable of putting in some wonderful crosses, meaning that someone like Smith is certain to get plenty of service. 

Chris Wood's current injury arguably proves that Evans needs more depth if he wishes to continue with the current system. Souleymane Doukara looked uncomfortable playing as the sole striker against MK Dons, while Mirco Antenucci has been linked with a move back to Italy (via Yorkshire Post), and Lee Erwin appears no closer to the first-team than when he first arrived.

It makes sense therefore to recruit a forward that is happy to be the target man, either working to finish chances off or using his strength to hold the ball up for the attacking midfielders to run onto. 

Having not played often since leaving for Fulham, there is no question that if Leeds did try to re-sign him, he would be below Chris Wood in the pecking order - especially given the money that was spent on Wood in the summer (via Yorkshire Evening Post) - but he proved during his first spell that he is capable of scoring a variety of goals.

Smith arguably left Leeds too soon, so another chance to show what he can do may prove too irresistible an opportunity for the striker to turn down.

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