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Why didn’t Tottenham try to sign Bournemouth’s Adam Smith?

Saturday 5th August 2017
Tottenham Hotspur look set to go into the new Premier League season without strengthening their playing squad; a risky tactic given the sides around them have all made acquisitions.

Kyle Walker was sold to Manchester City, but no signing was made to replace him. Bournemouth's Adam Smith was briefly linked with a move to his former club but the rumours died down after he signed a four-year deal.

So why didn't Spurs bring Smith back to London?

Smith would replace Walker's attacking threat; better than Trippier

Tottenham Hotspur have promoted Kieran Tripper into the starting eleven on a regular basis following the £50m sale of Kyle Walker this summer, but the ex-Manchester City defender doesn't provide the same quality as his former teammate.

Walker often took on his opposition and provided width in the final third to aid in attacks. He had the ability to carry the ball long distances and provided excessive pace to be a threat on the counter attack. Trippier has a different skill-set.

The 26-year-old prefers to whip in crosses as much as possible and will seldom try to beat his opposite number in a one-on-one. He creates chances through his impressive deliveries into the box but will also give the ball away due to the sheer number of crosses he makes in games.

Spurs could do with a more dynamic option providing a greater threat in the final third as a result. This is where Adam Smith excels. Last season for Bournemouth, he made 36 successful dribbles to Kyle Walker's 35 and Kieran Tripper's 0, boasting a 54.5% success rate to Walker's 53.8% and Trippier's 0%.

Should Mauricio Pochettino want to retain an attacking philosophy that gives more creative freedom to the full-backs or wing-backs, Smith is sure a better option that Trippier. He outshone Walker in terms of defensive qualities in 2016/17 too.

Smith was far more combative than Tottenham's right-backs last season

Adam Smith isn't just strong in the final third, his diligent in his defensive duties too. The Cherries defender made 85 tackles in the Premier League last season, 15% more than Walker. Smith made 54 interceptions, 30% more than Walker. The Bournemouth right-back has proven himself a fantastic reader of the game and he's been an expert at nullifying an opponent's threat out wide.

Smith, a former England U21 international, blocked 25 crosses in the Premier League last season, 64% more than Walker, he blocked 46% more shots than Walker and he blocked 17% more shots than Walker. Tottenham wouldn't just be improving their strength in depth if they signed Smith, they would be buying a player who was on par with the man they sold for £50m. Past links with Tottenham would also make for an easy transition.

Smith was still a Tottenham player in 2014. He spent his younger years loaned out to the likes of Wycombe Wanderers, Torquay United, Bournemouth, Milton Keynes Dons, Leeds United, Millwall and Derby County before Bournemouth signed him for good.

With Pochettino having shown a keenness to blood through young English players into the first-team, evident from Trippier's rise to prominence, Smith may think the same could happen to him. The defender wouldn't break the bank and wouldn't have lofty wage demands, meaning Tottenham can keep their spending low while they fund their stadium move.

So why didn't Tottenham try to sign Bournemouth's Adam Smith?
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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