Chelsea defender Ake joined the Cherries on a season-long loan in June and has been in impressive form of late.
The Dutch utility man has been playing at centre-back for Eddie Howe’s side and is even getting among the goals with three in his last six appearances.
“I feel he could definitely play in Chelsea’s team”
When asked if Ake could break into the Chelsea team, Smith told Sky Sports: “Yeah, for sure.
“Nathan didn’t start the season, which was frustrating for him, then he showed great character to come in and take his chance.
“Now he’s performing so well and he’s scored three goals.
“I feel he could definitely play in Chelsea’s team, especially their formation with three centre-halves. I think it’s perfect for him.
“Hopefully if he keeps performing here, next season he can go back to Chelsea and get a position there.”
Meanwhile, Alan Curbishley has warned Antonio Conte about the dangers of recalling Ake next month.
The former West Ham boss believes Ake will get the hump if he is brought back but hardly figures in the first team.