Southend fans react as released Shrimper Ted Smith trials with Tottenham

General view ahead of the U18s Premier League match between Tottenham Hot Spur and Southampton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 24, 2019 in London, England.

Smith could make an unexpected return to football with Tottenham Hotspur.

Ted Smith of Southend United dives in vain as a free kick taken by Matt Taylor  of Northampton Town hits the post prior to Northampton's second goal during the Sky Bet League One match...

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.

Southend United's Ted Smith shows his frustration at conceding a goal as Bolton Wanderers' Keshi Anderson, right, scores his sides equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Sky Bet...

“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.

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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.

goalkeeper Michel Vorm of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League semi final match Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Johan Cruijff Arena on May 08, 2019 in...

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