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Youngster Smith More Accomplished After Loan Spell at Chelmsford
Friday, 12th Jan 2018 14:45

Blues boss Mick McCarthy says young defender Chris Smith has matured and is a more accomplished player for his loan spell with Vanarama National League South Chelmsford City, from which Town have recalled the 19-year-old.

Smith, who will be on the bench for tomorrow’s game against Leeds, joined the Clarets in September and made 18 appearances for the Essex side.

“I’ve been impressed with him,” McCarthy said. “He’s come back and trained, he just looks more of a bloke. He’s been playing in that level of football that you have to stand up to, it’s a physical game - it’s not the U23s. Adam McDonnell’s done really well [while on loan at Aldershot before Christmas] as well.

“So the loan deals have been good for them and Chris just looks a more accomplished player. He looks like a bloke when he walks through the building now.”

Does the former Kesgrave High School pupil have a future as a first-team player with Town?

“I hope so. But I don’t know yet," McCarthy continued. "Until they play in it you never find out, I guess.

"Sometimes it has to be an injury crisis or something and somebody gets in and they get a game and then we see. He’s not starting tomorrow but he’s going to be on the bench."

So far Smith, who is contracted until the end of the season, has made one senior appearance for the Blues, as an 81st minute sub in the Carabao Cup tie at Crystal Palace earlier in the season.

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Nazemariner added 14:50 - Jan 12
Let's get these blokes involved then Mick!

MattinLondon added 15:05 - Jan 12
Proper bloke - ✅
Next MM phrase - if he needs to put someone on their arse then he will.
Next - allocated MM nickname.

First team regular.

Heathlander added 15:19 - Jan 12
He's a really nice bloke. Used to play cricket with my lad. A very polite young man. Good cricketer too.

Smithy added 15:21 - Jan 12
Smith out Smith in, Smithy reports

Battyboy added 15:59 - Jan 12
Good luck Chris.

Juanforthemoney added 16:39 - Jan 12
Proper bloke.what was he before he went then ? !,

Pilgrimblue added 19:21 - Jan 12
Agree with Smithy. I've been impressed with Chris and IF given a chance will have a great future. Just needs to be involved so unless MM gives him a go we'll never know

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