Matt Smith's impressive strike-rate should leave Leeds considering trying to bring him back

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Matt Smith is arguably the kind of player Leeds United should be looking at during the January transfer window.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

When things have not been going right for Pierre-Michel Lasogga this season, Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen has often thrown Jay-Roy Grot onto the pitch to give the Whites some additional physicality up top. 

Unfortunately, Grot is struggling to make an impact during his first season at Elland Road as he is still awaiting his first goal for Leeds, and is arguably failing to make the most of his strength by struggling to hold onto the ball when it is played towards him.

Jay-Roy Grot of Leeds United and Joe Worrall of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26,...

Christiansen can continue to persevere with Grot, or he can consider trying to bring someone in during the January transfer window who is a proven target man at Championship level and will have no problem coping with the expectation at Elland Road.

Matt Smith spent just over a year with Leeds earlier in his career before Massimo Cellino incurred the wrath of the fans, again, by selling him to Championship rivals Fulham in 2014. 

Smith's record for the Whites was impressive given that the majority of his appearances came from the bench, and his partnership with Ross McCormack threatened to take Leeds into the play-off picture if they got some of the other areas of the squad sorted. 

Matt Smith of Leeds United celebrates scoring during their Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Leeds, England.

The decision to sell him never quite made sense, and Christiansen should look to bring him back to the club in January as he could arguably perform the role that Grot has struggled with.

Of all the players to play 10 or more games in the second tier this term, Smith boasts the fifth best strike-rate with the QPR man scoring four goals in just 429 minutes of first-team action this term. 

  Mins per goal
Nélson Oliveira 89
Bersant Celina 93.2
Sam Winnall 97.6
Martyn Waghorn 105.75
Matt Smith 107.25

With Smith clearly seen as an alternative option by Ian Holloway - he has started in just two of his 12 appearances this term - it may not be out of the question to suggest that the Hoops may be open to selling him in January if Leeds put a decent offer in. 

And while he will not be reunited with McCormack, Leeds fans would argue that he would have an even better player to work with in Samuel Saiz, and that could be an exciting prospect. 

Leeds have undoubtedly become too predictable right now, and unfortunately Grot is not giving them that edge late on in the games that a player of his stature should be providing. And while the Dutchman should be the long-term answer once he settles in, bringing Smith back may be a brilliant way for Christiansen to add that versatility to the Leeds attacking options that they are arguably crying out for if they hope to get back into the play-off race. 

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