Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

Smith set to shine

Smith set to shine

Ryan Smith can make a big impact at Saints, and the pacy winger is ready to deliver much of the promise he showed at Arsenal as a teenager.

Smith signed a permanent deal at St Mary's back in January after initially joining on loan from League One outfit Millwall.

The 22-year-old went on to start Head Coach Mark Wotte's first game in charge, but since then, the skilful wideman has only featured intermittently.

Assistant First Team Coach Dean Gorre rates Smith and believes he is a real prospect, but it's ultimately down to the player himself to reach his full potential.

Speaking to the club's official site after Monday's reserve match with Crystal Palace, Gorre said, "The boy is a talent, make no mistake about that. He's got to do it himself but we can tell him and show him that some of the things he has done, which have been good to watch.

"He's got something that many other players haven't got which is the ability to go past a player from a standing position and reach top speed within the first three yards and keep going. There are not alot of players who can do that, but there one moment and the next be gone, once he gets going to full pace there is little stopping him.

"His touch is phenomenal too," the Dutchman added. "That combined with his change of pace means that he can do alot. We tell him everyday that if he can keep himself physically fit and mentally strong then he has got a good chance because he's a talent."

Gorre also revealed that Smith stood up and complimented the team after a recent performance which was encouraging to see from a player still in his relatively tender years as a professional.

"We know that we have to work with him a little bit but we think that he's got a big future and he knows that he can do it. He has already shown versatility by playing in alot of advanced positions and I believe that we will see the best of him here."



For the very latest Championship odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Daniel Bailey
Date:Friday February 27 2009
Time: 10:37PM

Comments

0
Can't really see him featuring in the run-in to the end of the season. Can you?
abesaint
27/02/2009 22:49:00
0
Can't really see him featuring in the run-in to the end of the season. Can you?
abesaint
27/02/2009 22:49:00
0
I'd be surprised, but with Holmes out injured and BWP seemingly out of favour, he may get a chance. There's no doubt the boy has potential, but more often than not he gets brushed off the ball too easily and looks a tad lightweight. If he can get his head down and work hard in the gym, he could prove to be a useful player for us in the long-term. If he wants to stay at Saints, he has to work hard as his current deal expires in the summer so he needs to earn a new contract.
Bailey11
27/02/2009 23:00:00
0
I'd be surprised, but with Holmes out injured and BWP seemingly out of favour, he may get a chance. There's no doubt the boy has potential, but more often than not he gets brushed off the ball too easily and looks a tad lightweight. If he can get his head down and work hard in the gym, he could prove to be a useful player for us in the long-term. If he wants to stay at Saints, he has to work hard as his current deal expires in the summer so he needs to earn a new contract.
Bailey11
27/02/2009 23:00:00
0
its good to have in as backup incase of injuries but i agree i cant see you using him much this season.
bluemooner_mcfc
17/03/2009 18:30:00
0
its good to have in as backup incase of injuries but i agree i cant see you using him much this season.
bluemooner_mcfc
17/03/2009 18:30:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

Yoshida Delighted With Goal

Defender Maya Yoshida has spoken of his delight at finding the net to give us victory over West Ham United at the weekend.

Duo Talk West Ham Win

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk were both interviewed following the weekend's game against West Ham United.

Koeman Credits The Defence

Manager Ronald Koeman has credited an 'outstanding defensive performance' in the victory over West Ham United at the weekend.

Koeman Gets Third Manager Of The Month Nod

Having been nominated for January's Manager of the Month Award, ahead of the game against West Ham at the weekend, the gaffer was handed...

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
Profile
Vital Saint
Profile
Matt Gardner
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

West Ham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Forster32%
van Dijk52%
Fonte0%
Yoshida5%
Soares0%
Clasie11%
Wanyama0%
Bertrand0%
Mane0%
Pelle0%
Long0%
Sub - Romeu0%
Sub - Austin0%
Sub - Ward-Prowse0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Southampton Results (view all)