Arsenal loan midfielder Matt Smith is now in the top-five players in League One for chances created this season, after making another four on Saturday.

Swindon Town Midfielder Matthew Smith plays a pass during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Oxford United and Swindon Town at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, England on 28 November 2020. Copyright: Marek Dorcik
Swindon Town Midfielder Matthew Smith plays a pass during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Oxford United and Swindon Town at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, England on 28 November 2020. Copyright: Marek Dorcik

As so often this season, Matt Smith was one of Swindon Town’s top individual performers on Saturday. Despite losing 2-0 to Gillingham, Swindon arguably deserved a lot more from the game, largely thanks to Smith.

Though the scoreline doesn’t show it, the away side dominated the chances. They had 18 shots to Gillingham’s six and hit the woodwork twice.

Smith created four of those chances, taking him to 31 for the league season so far. Only four players have made more than that in League One, which is impressive for a player at a club just one point above the relegation zone.

The midfielder’s set pieces in particular are causing a lot of problems. On Saturday, one of his deep free-kick deliveries was headed narrowly wide, and another led directly to both instances of Swindon hitting the woodwork.

But that’s not the only way the 20-year-old is creating. In fact, 20 of his 31 chances have come from open play. He’s particularly strong on through balls, whether they lead directly to chances or not.

All the signs are positive for Smith at the moment, and I’m sure there will be plenty of interest in him at higher levels next summer if Arsenal themselves can’t find a place for him.