Felix Magath has revealed his reasons for signing Matt Smith from Leeds United on transfer deadline day, reports the Express.
Magath claims he has solved a big problem in signing Smith for around £600,000, despite the striker only scoring 14 in 48 games.
Smith will join up with team mate Ross McCormack who also signed from Leeds for £11 million during the summer, and Magath says his strength and height are the reasons for signing him.
Magath said to the Express: “From the beginning I was searching for a tall, very good header of the ball because we are team without tall players. In pre season we asked for two players but they were not signed so we were searching for such a player.”
“Matt Smith is a very strong guy, he is very tall so he is very good in air and that is what we missed until today. That was a problem in our games at the start of the season as when we conceded a goal after 20/30 minutes we didn’t have the option to play high balls to make pressure but now I think we have another option”.
“We can put pressure on the opponent and with his strengths we can come over the sides and we can search for him with crosses as he is a very strong target in the middle. With his strength he will help the players beside him find space.”