Matthew Smith has become Hull City’s seventh signing of the summer after he agreed a season-long loan from Premier League champions Manchester City, as reported earlier this week by Hull Live.
Blues boss Pep Guardiola is understood to rate the quality of the Championship highly and views City’s reputation for developing talent as key in helping the progress of a player he thinks a great deal of.
Smith, a highly regarded midfielder at the Etihad Stadium, spent last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers in League One, impressing during his 43 appearances at the Keepmoat Stadium before being a part of the Wales squad for their Euro 2020 campaign this summer.
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The 21-year-old has enjoyed loan spells at QPR and FC Twente as well as City’s Yorkshire neighbours and arrives at the MKM Stadium to provide competition for the Tigers midfield unit which will begin the season this weekend at Preston without star man George Honeyman.
City expect to have a busy end to the transfer window which closes on August 31 at 11pm, and could yet make further additions beyond Smith.
“We are delighted to bring Matt to Hull City on a season-long loan deal,” McCann said.
“Matt is a very busy and energetic midfield player, but also a very good character. He loves to get on the ball and pass forward. He can play either as a number 8 or a number 6 and suits our style of play.
“He had a very good season on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season and was one of their standout players, and he was also part of the Wales squad for the Euros and I’m sure that experience will have aided his development.
“We are all looking forward to working with him.”
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