It has been almost two years since Brad Smith pulled on an AFC Bournemouth shirt.
6th January 2018 against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, he started the match but was then replaced at half time by Jordon Ibe, seemingly never to play for the Cherries again.
In total, following his £3million move from Liverpool in July 2016 he made 11 appearances in all competitions, including 5 in the Premier League, but just three starts.
His lack of football at Dean Court unsurprisingly led to his departure, he just simply couldn’t budge Charlie Daniels from the left-back role and would eventually see Diego Rico also come ahead of him in the pecking order.
But when it came the move was an unusual one, a loan move to America’s Major League Soccer and the Seattle Sounders.
His loan spell can only be described one way and that is as a huge success for the Australian.
Last season Seattle won every game that Brad Smith played in en route to setting a new MLS record.
This season he made 29 appearances, claimed 5 assists and his side won the MLS Cup, America’s top-flight prize.
But now his spell with Seattle is formally over, could he return to AFC Bournemouth in the absence of Charlie Daniels? Or will Diego Rico and a returning Lloyd Kelly see the 25-year-old as surplus to requirements?
Will Brad Smith play for AFCB again?
Smith told Australian Associated Press as quoted by the Daily Echo…
“There’s always a chance in football. Things change very quickly and ultimately me going out on loan and getting game time is important for me and important for Bournemouth as well.
“I’ve kind of got into form and proved I’m still a player.
“I’ll go back and sit down and maybe he (manager Eddie Howe) wants me in his plans and if that’s the case then I’m happy to be a part of it and be there.”
Will probably get a bit of stick for this but I actually quite liked Brad as a player. He’s a lot like Rico. He’s quick and better in attack and has a good delivery.
It’s a shame he never got a consistent run of games like Diego has this season to show whether he can do it.
It’s clear he has talent otherwise he wouldn’t have been in the Seattle side that won the league. – Join the conversation, click here.