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One to Watch - Adam Smith

Name: Adam Smith

Date of Birth: 29/4/1991

Nationality: England

Former Clubs: Wycombe Wanderers, Torquay United, Bournemouth

League Appearances (Goals): 72 (3)

International Appearances (Goals): 0 (0)

Spurs are renowned for their unfailing ability to swoop for promising youngsters, plonk them in their so-called 'passionate and talented` youth system, chuck them out on loan to numerous league clubs before eventually releasing them into the footballing wilderness having destroyed any footballing potential they once had. Dean Parrett, John Bostock, Danny Rose and Ben Alnwick can probably kiss goodbye to their football careers, whilst the solitary figure of Ledley King is the only high profile player Spurs can regard as a success story. Be afraid Adam Smith, be very afraid.

It would probably be wise for the 20-year-old to seek a move away from Spurs in order to progress his development, as the attacking defender has probably been MK Dons best player this season with interest from numerous Championship clubs fully deserved. Smith has displayed great maturity for his age earning praise for his attacking prowess, defensive intelligence and two stunning strikes against Rochdale and Leyton Orient this season. Having represented England at youth level since U16`s, the right back has shown great potential and should go down as one to watch for the future, let alone for Saturday`s game.

Playing Career

Adam Smith is a product of the Tottenham Youth Academy, but has spent most of his early career gaining experience on loan at league clubs. His first spell was at Wycombe Wanderers where he made four appearances in all competitions at the beginning of the 2009/2010 season. Later that same campaign he signed for Torquay United where he put in some promising displays during his four month stay with The Gulls.

Last season the 20-year-old spent the season on loan at Bournemouth where he made the right back position his own, racking up an impressive 42 appearances, helping his side to the play-off semi finals before unfortunately being beaten on penalties to Huddersfield Town. International recognition also came early for the defender as he featured in one of the first games at the new Wembley for England`s Under 16`s in 2007. He has since managed four appearances for the England Under 21 side.




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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 6 2012

Time: 8:48PM

Your Comments

Erm you forgot to add Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Michael Dawson to your list. All signed under the age of 21. Thankyouplease
HuddersfieldYiddo
Taarabt would also be on the list but he has the personality of a dungbeatle
HuddersfieldYiddo
Should seek a move away? you're for real? His development is being managed great, so good in fact that you're putting him down as one to watch. He's not at prem' quality yet so he'll go down the road of Huddlestone, Rose, Walker, Livermore etc, under the guidance of the coaches they go out on loan to get the experience they'll need for when they're ready. The kid has a long range cannon on him that established players would love but he still has a lot to learn. He's a player of Tottenhams future and will def' make it at The Lane.
Himwhatwhats
The dig at Tottenham's development or lack of, may have been justified pre Redknapp, but there now appears to be real focus in bringing thru and using youth at WHL. What is clear to those who look is that the likes of Smith, Naughton, caulker, mason, Kane, Carroll and Livermore are all looking players that could well become regulars at spurs. The next problem is a realisation that squads need a balance between youth and experience and sadly a player like smith may well miss out due to the weight of numbers of kids coming through, particularly with walker and Naughton all right backs, but clubs also accept that there is never a guarantee that any player will kick on, but will happily accept selling a few on as part of the accademy system
oxfordspur
 

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