In Focus: Tottenham target Smith would provide stiff competition for Trippier

According to reports in The Express, Tottenham Hotspur are set to rival Chelsea for the signing of Bournemouth right-back Adam Smith this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is searching for a replacement for Kyle Walker, who is looking more and more likely to seal a £45m move to Manchester City this summer.

With Kieran Tripper likely to be the first choice next term following a number of impressive performances towards the end of the season, the Argentine will be looking for someone to provide competition for him.

That has led him to take a look at former Tottenham man Smith, who helped Bournemouth secure a top half finish this season.

How well has he done with the Cherries?

He has been excellent.

The 26-year-old made 36 appearances for the south coast outfit this season, scoring one goal and providing a further five assists.

The fact that he is also able to play further forward makes him a perfect candidate to play on the right side of the 3-4-2-1 formation that Pochettino deployed in the final weeks of the campaign.

Would he be a good signing for Spurs?

He certainly would be.

Smith has shown at Bournemouth just what a good and consistent player he has become since leaving the north London outfit in 2014, and he would provide stiff competition for Tripper on the right-hand side.

What about the Chelsea interest?

The Blues are also reportedly keen to sign the 26-year-old as Antonio Conte looks for competition for Victor Moses in the right wing-back role, but Smith may feel that he is more likely to get more chance of first team football under Pochettino rather than at Stamford Bridge.

Would Smith really leave guaranteed playing time?

It’s difficult to say.

The right-back only left Tottenham for the Cherries because he wasn’t getting an opportunity in the first team with Spurs, but if Pochettino can convince him that he would be a big part of his plans then his mind could be changed.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Smith may feel that he has achieved all he can at Bournemouth and if he is ambitious then a chance to move to Tottenham or Chelsea could prove too difficult to turn down, with him likely to favour a transfer to the former.