The striker was just 18 when he made his first appearance in a Leeds shirt in 1998. Like Ferdinand, he was also part of the memorable squad in 2000/01 that reached the Champions League semi-finals. Throughout his time at Elland Road, Smith often featured alongside other memorable centre forwards, such as Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Robbie Keane and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, and he was considered one of England’s finest emerging talents by the time he arrived in Manchester in 2004.
Sir Alex Ferguson tried him in a number of different roles at Old Trafford, including at the base of midfield at certain points of the 2005/06 season. Fierce competition for squad places and a series of gruelling injuries limited Smith’s minutes throughout the first and second of his three years at Old Trafford, although towards the end of the 2006/07 campaign, Smith scored and played the full 90 minutes during our famous 7-1 thrashing of AS Roma in the Champions League. He also went on to feature in that season’s FA Cup final and received a winner’s medal for the 2006/07 Premier League title.