Matt Smith to Charlton Athletic

Matt Smith recalled on Deadline Day and sent to promotion fighters, Charlton Athletic.

After being recalled from Swindon Town, Matt Smith will make his way to Charlton Athletic on loan for the remainder of the season.

Unlike many loans that get recalled, like Lucas Torreira’s for example or Eddie Nketiah’s with Leeds last season, Smith’s playing time at Swindon Town was quite regular. With 26 matches played and nearly 2200 minutes, Smith had featured pretty regularly and was making it count. His 2 goals and 4 assists during the time is a decent tally.

However, Arsenal announced today that Smith had been recalled and dealt back out to a different club in League 1. In terms of competition, both clubs are in league one, but the change from Swindon Town to Charlton Athletic catapults Smith, himself, up the League 1 table. From 22nd place, relegation scrapper to 7th place, promotion fighter overnight.

Arsenal confirmed the switch early in the day: “The 20-year-old midfielder, who has been at the club since under-9 level, had been on loan with Swindon since August and moves to south London to continue his development.”
“Matt was a regular in the under-23s last season and frequently trained with the first-team squad. His fine performances were rewarded with his selection into the first-team matchday squad on six occasions after the season’s restart, including being an unused substitute in the Emirate FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.”

Good luck, Matt!

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