Name: Tyler Smith
Club: Sheffield United
Date of Birth: 4 December 1998
Position: Centre-forward/Winger (Left, Right)
Tyler Smith – his career so far
Tyler Gavin Junior Smith is a local kid who was born in Sheffield and made his first footballing steps in the academy of Sheffield United when he was just a young lad. Even though his journey has taken him away from Bramall Lane at times, he is still a highly rated youngster who could develop into a star of the future if groomed properly by his club.
Currently, the 21-year-old centre-forward is playing his football over in League One at Rochdale and is hoping that spell will hopefully yield him more game time than he most likely would’ve gotten with the Blades.
Since Sheffield United got promoted into the Premier League, opting to go on loan and look for senior chances in other clubs, even if it meant going a couple of levels down, seemed like the best possible option for Smith. But so far, his game time has been limited.
Still, after progressing through the ranks at Sheffield United and joining their development squads, the young forward was first sent out on loan to Barrow in the summer of 2018. He ended up playing a total of 23 games for them, scoring ten goals and assisting further two on the side as well.
Upon returning that same December, another loan waited for him just around the corner, this time to Doncaster Rovers in League One. He would have a fairly decent spell there too, tallying 14 appearances and netting two times before returning back home in the summer of 2019.
Interestingly enough, that same summer he would join Bristol Rovers as well and score five goals and assist one across 28 games played in that half-season period. His latest venture has taken him to Rochdale in January 2020 and he’s currently plying his trade there in League One, having only featured four times so far but with a goal under his belt already.
Even though he is yet to tally a single senior appearance for Sheffield United, Chris Wilder selected Smith in the squad to face West Brom in 2018/19 but he ended up not featuring on the night.
Still, that call-up was a recognition of his talent and maybe there will be a place for him in that team further down the line.
At the very moment, the biggest piece of transfer news surrounding Smith will definitely be the verdict on his situation once football finally resumes and life returns to normal. He was supposed to stay with his current team until the end of the season but the recent outbreak meant that his involvement was put on hold.
As of right now, no Sheffield United news has popped up on the matter and we will have to wait for a bit longer to get the answer to that question. Still, with a lot of experience under his belt now through various loans in the past years, maybe Smith could force his way into Wilder’s squad in the near future.
Of course, the Blades are playing Premier League football and doing a brilliant job and that will make that feat much easier said than done.
Smith is a highly physical centre-forward who has enough pace to be deployed out wide when necessary. Still, he is most effective when playing and progressing through the central channels and when being closer to the goal.
He is really aggressive in his approach and will work hard both on and off the ball to get into the best possible situation to score goals. Smith also seems quite determined and with the right mentality to succeed but could still work on his technical abilities.
While he is great at poaching goals inside the box, there is still much room for improvement in his link-up play and overall passing skills. While he can boast with raw physical attributes like pace, agility and natural fitness, he is not muscular or big so he lacks strength in both aerial and ground duels.
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