Tyler Smith scored his fifth goal in nine games for Swindon Town as the striker continues to impress since joining on loan from Sheffield United.
Unfortunately for Swindon, Smith’s 76th penalty couldn’t save them from their fourth successive League One defeat as they lost 2-1 at Northampton Town.
Yet at least they have a forward in form, who came off the bench at Sixfields Stadium to win and then convert the spot-kick.
Which could be crucial for the Robins, who lack options upfront currently. In fact, Smith is their only natural option and was far more effective than Hallam Hope against Northampton after replacing him.
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Barring injury or suspension, Smith should get plenty of opportunities at the County Ground this term. Especially if the 21-year-old continues to find the back of the net so frequently.
Which is only a good thing for the Blades, with the long-term aim being to give Smith a chance in the first team.
The youngster is an out-and-out number nine, which is something Chris Wilder was lacking in his squad before the club record signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool.
“All I can do is what I’ve come here to do and score goals and help the team. I’ll continue to do that, and I’ll leave it up to the gaffer as to who he picks,” Smith told the Swindon Advertiser.
“The boys know that’s how I like to play – off the shoulder – and that’s what they’ve been looking to do.
“So I’ll continue making those runs, and hopefully I can get more balls down the side and opportunities to score.”
Brewster is actually a year younger than Smith, but players do develop at different rates. With the form he’s currently showing, there’s nothing to suggest the latter couldn’t join the England Under-21 international in the first team before too long.