Smith could make an unexpected return to football with Tottenham Hotspur.
Southend United fans are reacting after a player they released earlier this summer appeared in a trial game for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Ted Smith was a surprise name on the teamsheet for Tottenham Under-23s’ 2-2 draw with Ebbsfleet.
That is despite the former England youth international, who is followed by Spurs players Dele Alli and Harry Winks on Instagram, having featured just once for League One Southend last season.
But it appears as though Smith’s lack of action for the Shrimpers was nothing to do with a lack of ability.
“Ted’s an excellent trainer and a great boy but he needs to be playing regular first-team football which I have no doubt he will find,” said Southend boss Kevin Bond after Smith’s departure, via the Echo.
“I would like to wish him the very best of luck and thank him for his service to the club.
“He has been at Southend for a long period of time.
“But, mainly due to circumstances, he has found himself down the pecking order with three frontline goalkeepers around the first-team squad.”
And several of a Shrimpers persuasion would be pleased to see Smith succeed at a club like Tottenham Hotspur.
This is what they’re saying on Twitter…
Deserves some luck – never let the Shrimpers down. Got injured at the wrong time.— Colin Charles White (@charles_colin) July 13, 2019
Good luck to him. If he can get a contract with them it would be a great move for him— Tommy (@Tommy36200749) July 13, 2019
I said releasing him was the wrong decision— Adam (@croucher222) July 13, 2019
Deserving of a decent footballing career.— Batch (@batchbatch) July 13, 2019
They have always had an interest in Ted going back to when he was a youngster. Didn’t he guest for them in the past.— Jacques Gain (@ost58) July 13, 2019
Ted Smith is a quality young keeper who has been unlucky with injuries. I used to watch him for Southend my local team (as well as spurs ) and he is talented. Southend have 2 good keepers so that was why he got released end of last season.— Gavin Norman (@GavinNorman11) July 13, 2019
Step down from a big club. Really good player, we’re weirdly blessed with goalkeeping talent.— Anthony Cameron (@acameron78) July 13, 2019
Should he earn a permanent contract at Tottenham, it is likely that Smith will compete with Alfie Whiteman as Spurs’ third-choice this season.
Tottenham released Michel Vorm at the end of last season and could replace the Dutchman with a more senior option, if Smith is not that man.