adam smith - fact file
2007 - 2014 defender
MIDDLE NAME : ADAM JAMES SMITH
Born on 29th April 1991 in Leytonstone, East London, England.
Height : - 1.78m (5' 8")
Weight : - - kgs (st lbs)
A bright young prospect who has featured for the England youth set-up and is impressing at Spurs in the Academy.
London born Adam went to Leventhorpe School and was an accomplished long-distance runner, being District and County champion at 1,500m.
Playing at right back, Smith likes to get forward to support the attack and was selected for the England Under-16 side to play in the 2006-07 Victory Shield competition. His impact in the Under-16s and Under-18s earned him a call to the Reserves in 2006-07 and he played his first game against Charlton Athletic reserves in March 2007.
Stepped up to play some pre-season games for the first team and also went to Nijmegen as part of the match day squad for the UEFA Cup group game in Holland. Has been a regular member of pre-season matches with the first team since, but has been gaining experience in the first team f clubs lower down the leagues.
Spent time on loan at Wycombe Wanderers and Torquay United, with the whole of the 2010-11 season being spent loaned out to Bournemouth and helped them reach the promotion play-offs, playing 42 games in the season for the Cherries in the process of them reaching the semi-final.
At the start of the 2011-12 season, he joined MK Dons on loan and impressed with some solid defensive displays and some fantastic long range goals, but returned to Spurs in January 2012, before going out on loan to Leeds United, but he was subject to a change in manager after one day and had to be recalled because of injuries in the Spurs squad.
While Kyle Walker has made the right back spot his own, Adam might be able to secure the back-up position for the England defender, as he would play a similar role and did so, when injuries struck Spurs during the last game of the 2011-12 season, allowing Smith to make his Spurs debut.
Retained at White Hart lane for cover for injuries, Adam then went out on loan again, this time to Millwall, but returned and at the start of the following season, Smith was off again, to Derby County on loan, but when there was a change of manager, he found himself out of the team and the subject of comments about his attitude. Much of it was probably frustration, as his time in the Rams team had been spent performing well. However, the turning point had come when he was playing for Derby at Millwall and with his side winning, he became a target for Lions' fans throwing objects at him and he was taken off. With manager Nigel Clough brining in another loan defender, Smith was the one to make way.
It was a surprise when it was announced that Adam would be leaving to join AFC Bournemouth on a permanent transfer, for an undisclosed fee. However, Smith later revealed on TalkSport that it had been his decision to leave, wanting to play football more regularly rather than just sit at Spurs, taking his wages without progressing his career. For that, he can only be applauded.
NICKNAME : Smithy;
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his debut against Borussia Dortmund in the Feyenoord Jubileum tournament ... 10.08.2009 (THFC programme)
"Coming on and setting up a goal, I was absolutely buzzing. At first I was going to shoot, but then I saw Jamie O'Hara screaming and thought I'd just slide it in and luckily he scored. It's such a buzz to get a reception like that off the fans. I've been at the club for 10 years now and to be finally involved with the first team is unbelievable. I'm still in a little bit of shock, that I was out with the first team, training with these quality players. It's great for me."
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