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Rumour Mill- Adam Smith Spurs On Clarets?

Tottenham's England Under-21 full-back Adam Smith appears to be interesting a number of Championship clubs with a view to a loan.

Burnley are reported to be one of the clubs along with Leeds and Ipswich looking at the 20 year old.

Smith is a product of Tottenham Hotspur youth academy having joined the club as a youngster in 2007. He has yet to make his first team debut for Spurs and has spent most of his time out on loan including a spell at Dean Court playing for Bournemouth under Eddie Howe.

Prior to that he was on loan to Wycombe Wanderers, where in August 2009 he made his Football League debut away to Charlton Athletic and then had a spell at Torquay.

His spell at Bournemouth was initially for a month having signed on loan in September 2010. He finished up playing 40 times for the Cherries during the 2010-11 season before returning to White Hart Lane.

In August 2011 it was announced that Smith had joined Milton Keynes Dons on a season-long loan deal. If the Clarets are expecting to bring the defender to Turf Moor for the remainder of the season, then clearly his loan contract at MK Dons would need to be terminated.

This is not the first time Burnley have been linked with Smith and you just wonder how much of this is lazy journalism bearing in mind the Howe connection.He is also a right back so in effect if he came he would only be cover for Kieran Trippier when really left back is an area that particularly neeeds attention

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 5 2012

Time: 10:49AM

Your Comments

Not sure about this one? Perhaps we need right back cover for Trippier although left-back looks more of a priority unless you include Mee in that slot. He looks a good prospect and he is a DEFENDER!! ;-) Not proven at Championship level though and yet to make his Spurs debut in top flight
turfmanphil
Mee, Easton and McCann can play LB. Trippier, Duff and Edgar can play RB. Mee, Duff, Amougou, Edgar and McCann can play CB. McCann, Bartley, Marney and Edgar can play some sort of central/holding midfield. I'm considerably more positive about Easton than would seem fashionable. If Amougou goes, I'd spend my money on making Mee permanent and adding another CB who can play RB, because Duffman isn't going to last forever, and I find Edgar a less convincing RB than Mee, Easton or McCann at LB (though that's based on how he played against Torquay, rather than how I heard he played against Leeds). If Marney went, it would be harder to see McCann as potential defensive cover, and we'd need to replace like with like, but ideally with the replacement having more leadership in them. The way all of this lot are playing at the moment, I struggle to think we will have the cash to buy a player who would become an automatic first choice in any position, unless we sell Jay Rod. Even then, I don't think it's our strategy to buy expensive and risk selling at a significant loss, and I cannot see how the signing of Trippier indicates a change in Board strategy, as opposed to a continuation of what they've been working on since Eddie arrived, and which is beginning to pay off. I'd think about a 6-8million offer for Jay Rod, but probably resist it for now; because what CB's are available for 3million and 9,000 a week? Realistically I doubt we'll be able to attract better keepers than we have at the moment. Is the area we most need to improve having an option of a more creative advanced central midfielder? Sadly, they don't grow on trees. But that and positionally-flexible, hungry young CBs with attitude that match Eddie's would be my priority. Given Amougou's contract situation, I'd certainly accept an offer for him, rather than hope we buckles down and re-signs at a wage cut. I'd also accept an offer for The Beast. But after his injury, and his highish wages, I doubt we'll get one. And I hope he's fit again soon. I miss him.
Couch Potato
Hardly a surprise this lad plays on the right - if he signs I suppose he could become an institution.
RickersTwickers
Just couldn't find a suitable title for the article with the 'Adam Smith Institute' in it!! lol
turfmanphil
I can't see it myself
Totally_Claret
At least we are being linked with defenders as well now
turfmanphil
 

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