AFC Bournemouth full back Brad Smith is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Cherries following his move from Liverpool.
He joined Liverpool in 2013 and went on to make his Premier League debut against Chelsea later that year as a 60th minute substitute.
Last season was a break through year for Smith of sorts, he made 10 appearances between December 2015 and the end of the season, playing in the League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League and the Premier League, impressing against the Cherries at Dean Court.
He ended the season featuring in a friendly for Australia against England.
During the summer of 2016 he made the move to AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee, reportedly for around £3million, but thus far has been limited to two 90 minute appearances in the EFL Cup against Morecambe and Preston.
He’s also struggled with injury, having returned from international duty with Australia last month with a foot injury which required him to wear a protective boot.
But despite his lack of appearances for his club, he’s still a regular member of the Australian squad and is set to be included in Tuesday’s game against Thailand.
If he plays it will be his seventh consecutive appearance for his country.
Brad Smith told footballaustralia.com.au…
‘Coming into camp every time, even if you’re not playing, I think the boys come in with great confidence every time they get called up because we’ve got such a great bond here.’
‘They were big results, (win over United Arab Emirates and) especially Saudi Arabia away, It was a tough game with the conditions and the opponent. They’re a good side and they’re obviously top of the group at the moment, and I think that was an important game.
‘We probably should’ve got the win but ended up getting a draw, I think they were both important results for us going into the Thailand game.’
Grumpy G wrote…
If neither Brad Smith or Nathan Ake are anywhere as good as an out of form Daniels it does make you wonder why they were signed, its a pretty damning indictment imho. – Join the conversation here.
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