AFC Bournemouth are still in the business of buying and defenders are currently high on Eddie Howe’s list.
Reports suggest that Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth have agreed to sign 22-year old Brad Smith in a £6m deal. What do we know about him? Nothing apart from his name, age and that he played against the Cherries last season when we were beaten 2-1 at Dean Court. Thankfully, the Internet has the answers. Here’s what we found out about him.
FROM LIVERPOOL FAN SITE THIS IS ANFIELD:
Here’s what they had to say about Smith and his performance against the Cherries:
“Smith shows great pace down the left, both on the overlap and when tracking back to cover. This speed is vital for attacking full-backs who have to cover the length of the pitch and the Aussie has it in abundance. He led the team in tackles made, with five”
FROM THE OFFICIAL LIVERPOOL FC SITE:
Spotted while playing for the same high school as fellow Red Jack Robinson, Smith combines solid defending with exciting forays forward – most notably his ability to produce rampaging runs along the flank.
The full-back was named on the bench for the Reds’ trip to Manchester City on Boxing Day, then reached a landmark by entering the action as a substitute against Chelsea for his debut on December 29, 2013.
He joined League One side Swindon Town on a youth loan in August 2014, making 10 appearances during his stay there, and earned an international call-up by the senior Australia side.
Under the management of Jürgen Klopp Smith has returned to the first-team squad and is eager to make a real impression and challenge Alberto Moreno for the left-back slot.
Smith showed his capabilities when came off the bench to provide an assist during the 6-1 Capital One Cup win at Southampton.
IN ACTION: SOUTHAMPTON 1 LIVERPOOL 6
FROM THE DAILY MAIL:
An article from 2013 looking at the emerging talent of Brad Smith. The peice describes his style, how he plays, why the fuss about him and how much he could be worth. Here’s what else was said;
So, a bit like…
Well there have already been comparisons to Gareth Bale but it is, of course, very, very early days. Luke Shaw at Southampton is another that springs to mind, given Smith’s attacking mentality and ability to bomb down the flanks