According to reports from Mirror Football, Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer of Bournemouth defender Adam Smith – who rose through Tottenham Hotspur’s academy ranks before moving to the Vitality Stadium in 2014 following a series of loan spells in the Football League.
Although Mirror Football didn’t state it outright, the obvious assumption is that Smith is being eyed as a potential replacement for Kyle Walker, whose future in north London has become uncertain in recent weeks after he was left out of the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea and the north London derby.
Like Walker, Smith is a forward-thinking, attacking right-back who has grabbed five assists in the Premier League so far this season. That makes him a pretty good fit for the way Pochettino likes his side to play, either at No.2 or slightly higher up in the Argentine’s occasional 3-4-3 set-up.
Yet, whilst Walker claimed a place in this season’s Team of the Year, Smith’s attacking flair has been offset by some very ropy defending at times. Already aged 26, he may well struggle to up his game to Tottenham’s levels.
Consequentially, reactions to Mirror Football’s claims are pretty divided. Whilst some see him as the perfect Daniel Levy target and a decent potential addition, others really aren’t convinced Smith would be a good signing….
Adam Smith to replace Walker? k m8.
— Nick (@TysXIII) May 9, 2017
Wouldn’t mind us signing Adam Smith.
— andrew (@andrewakmthfc) May 9, 2017
@Cover_Shadow Rather sign someone from Milton Keynes Dons.
— Alex Fischer (@alexthfc04) May 9, 2017
@DeadlineDayLive that’s like trading in Lindsey Pelas for Susan Boyle
— Nathaniel (@sirnathaniel86) May 8, 2017
@DeadlineDayLive Why want him when you have Trippier?
— Darkly Dreaming Dyl (@How_soon_is_now) May 8, 2017
Adam Smith linked it seems. 5 assists from full-back this year and is a Spurs boy. Good competition for Trippier if Walker does move on.
— Kings of The Lane (@kingsofthelane) May 8, 2017
Sell Walker £40M
Buy Smith £4M
— BYANYMEANSNECESSARY (@1LaneOnly) May 8, 2017
@smileberg I agree we need some experience but we got shot of Adam Smith for a reason
— Nikki (@NikkiH_27) May 9, 2017