Swindon Town head coach David Flitcroft has told the Swindon Advertiser that he backs Harry Smith to be able to lead their attack against Norwich City tomorrow.
Currently, the Robins work with one striker up front and it was Luke Norris who was given the chance to shine in the season opener against Carlisle United. And he made sure that people knew why he was picked as he would score the club’s first goal of the season in the 2-1 win. However he would land awkwardly in the process of that goal, forcing him to be substituted and replaced by Smith.
With Norris set to be out for a while, this gives Smith a chance to impress. His first game as a starter will be tomorrow in the Carabao Cup fixture against Norwich City, a game not many will be expecting Swindon to win. And while some might not think that Smith is ready to start in such a tough fixture, Flitcroft is backing him to do well in this match and show why they signed him on loan from Millwall.
Flitcroft said: “He is a big boy, he is six-foot seven but my job this season is to make sure we build on that and we make him play his size and he understands what his function is on the pitch,”
“He is still very, very young in professional football, he was welding a few years ago. He needs to be taught certain lines and body shapes and how to dominate players with his size.”
“We saw from his goal, he does want to score goals. I think it was offside, I don’t think it was for a foul, but he was there and he was anticipating.”
“We have got to look to keep improving him and we will do, he knows he is in a good place.”
“Luke Norris has edged it over the pre-season and I said that to Harry. It was a fight but Luke has got the starting place.”
“But people read too much into a starting place, it’s where you finish and in the squad on Saturday, everyone came on and made an impact.”