Brian Deane: Leeds were wrong to sell Matt Smith

17 Mar 1996:  Brian Deane of Leeds United celebrates with team mates during an FA Carling Premiership match against Everton at Elland Road in Leeds, England. The match ended in a 2-2 draw....

QPR striker Matt Smith faces Leeds on Saturday more than three years after leaving Elland Road.

1 Dec 1996:  Brian Deane

Former Leeds United striker Brian Deane has claimed on Twitter that his old side's decision to sell target man Matt Smith to Fulham in the summer of 2014 was wrong.

Smith, 28, will face Leeds on Saturday afternoon as he lines up for Queens Park Rangers, three years after the club hastily decided to sell the target man despite an impressive 2013-14 campaign at Elland Road.

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.

During his time in Yorkshire, Smith scored 14 goals and added seven assists in 48 games but was offloaded to Fulham on deadline day of the 2014 summer window, just a year after joining from League One outfit Oldham Athletic.

BBC Radio Leeds presenter Adam Pope stated on Twitter that he believed it "was a mistake" to sell Smith, with Deane replying to Pope by tweeting "it's called not having a clue".

Smith has since played for Fulham, where he struggled to make an impact with just nine goals in 54 games. However, a loan spell at Bristol City saw him rediscover his shooting boots with 13 goals in 20 outings.

It earned him a move to Loftus Road in January 2017, where he has remained since under manager Ian Holloway, scoring five goals in 16 league games this season.

His aerial duels with Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper will be a determining factor on the outcome Saturday's clash, with Leeds looking to build on impressive wins against Barnsley and Middlesbrough, as well as stopping in-form Aston Villa.

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