|Town Amongst Trio Targeting Spurs Youngster|
Monday, 21st Mar 2011 23:07
TWTD understands that Town, Reading and Burnley have all offered contracts for next season to Tottenham right-back Adam Smith, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth. The 19-year-old’s terms at White Hart Lane are up in the summer.
Londoner Smith came through the youth ranks at Spurs and has won England caps at U16, U19 and U20 levels.
The 5ft 8in tall full-back has been unable to break into the Tottenham first team but was on the bench for their UEFA Cup games against NEC Nijmegen and Shakhtar Donetsk during the 2008/09 season.
A county and district 1,500m champion as a schoolboy, Smith went on loan to Wycombe Wanderers between August and October 2009, making four full appearances.
The former Tottenham U18s captain spent the rest of that campaign at Torquay, where he made 18 starts.
This season Smith has been with Bournemouth since September, new Burnley boss Eddie Howe taking him to Dean Court initially for a month with the deal subsequently being extended until the end of the season. He has now made 30 starts and one sub appearance for the Cherries, but is yet to score a career goal.
Meanwhile, Town are reported to have renewed their loan interest in West Brom striker Simon Cox, which if true would be little surprise given that manager Paul Jewell refused to rule out a future move for the 23-year-old former Swindon frontman when his initial offer was rebuffed earlier in the month.
Football League clubs are entitled to sign players on an emergency loan basis until this Thursday.
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|BlueMaverick added 23:19 - Mar 21|
Sort of player we should be looking at, know the Bournemouth fans speak highly of him, unfortunately i think he may follow Eddie Howe to Burnley.
Simon Cox could be just what we need though!
|Fatboy added 23:34 - Mar 21|
What's a right-back?
|MarkITFC added 23:42 - Mar 21|
would be a good signing but i can see him following Eddie Howe like the others weve been linked with .
as for simon cox , its would be a great signing as he scores goals !!
|bluecrossy added 23:50 - Mar 21|
Good talent on Football Manager if that's useful ...
|Zoomba added 00:28 - Mar 22|
Interesting, but to be honest, out of the 3 we appear to be the least interesting prospects for a young player dropping down from the premier league. However I remain hopeful.
|ThatMuhrenCross added 00:52 - Mar 22|
We stand no chance then. Burnley are in for him and Cleggy's idea of a contract is something completely different from Burnley's!!
|DiamondGezzer added 06:56 - Mar 22|
Don't know anything about him so hard to coment. Can anybody enlighten me please ? Coming from London, we are closer than the other clubs [ should that make a difference ]
|intercept12 added 07:34 - Mar 22|
Feel a bit for Troy Brown and Tom Eastman, particularly as Brown is out of contract in the summer and he has been decent when he's played
|JoshTheLad added 07:50 - Mar 22|
We could do with a solid fullback in all honesty ...?
|PimsNumber1 added 08:09 - Mar 22|
intercept, they are NOT rb`s . And they are not good enough yet to get us to the playoffs even
|BlueMoon added 08:37 - Mar 22|
Reading is much closer to London than Ipswich.
|jpr_23 added 08:56 - Mar 22|
We're the only club where there wouldn't be much competition for a place on the first 11.
|triggs21 added 10:25 - Mar 22|
PJ is contradicting himself with this signing. He has a lot of young talent in his squad and keeps stressing the point he wants them to go out on loan and get experience.
Looking at his starting line ups since he took over he prefers more experienced players. So is he going to buy this 19 y/o lad and loan him out ? Not play him as much as he would if he were that bit older and experienced more ? I think he needs a more shrewd player with the experience for this position.
Yes he needs to buy young players but when people say young do they mean 18/19 or 23/24 bracket ?? Have Ipswich got the time for 19 year old lads to learn their trade, when the club are so desperately trying to get to the PL asap.
|broomfield123 added 11:03 - Mar 22|
Least his looking at young blood now and build a team for the future.Been saying that for ages. Least somebody takes a bit of notice .Be after a job next!
|thechangingman added 11:27 - Mar 22|
Goodness, it was a very weird experience reading this thread...
I am a secondary school teacher and Adam was in my last school.
We closely followed his progress with the England team and I used to LOVE hearing his dressing-room gossip from White Hart Lane about who was REALLY running the club.
He's certainly a charming young man and has his feet planted firmly on the ground and many over the years have acknowledged his exceptional skills, work ethic and attitude.
I am NOT claiming to have any huge insight - it's just REALLY cool to know someone that we might be signing.
It makes me feel old and privileged all at the same time...
|Pessimistic added 13:32 - Mar 22|
If Reading and Burnley are in the running then we most certainly are not!
|WeWereZombies added 17:26 - Mar 22|
Do his international caps give Adam Smith a wealth of nations experience?
|Worcester added 19:51 - Mar 22|
Another feeding frenzy that we will lose out on?
|BourneBlue added 19:55 - Mar 22|
Town fan excilled to Bournemouth. Have watched Adam Smith many times this season(when not travelling to Town away games within 2 hours). Well worth a punt. Solid quick defender. Not seen anyone cause him problems this season. Best part of his game is that he loves to get forward at the right times. Not scored this season but many assists and he has drawn at least 2 pens by running at defenders in the box. And only 19? No brainer. Only problem is the Eddie Howe factor-but why move to small northern town where it rains for 9 months a year? OH YES WONGA.
|the_gospel added 20:53 - Mar 22|
I know him. Great fella and very talented footballer. Has a soft spot for the blues too.
|intercept12 added 20:57 - Mar 22|
Haha! I am a fool for claiming they were RBs based on the fact that's where RK played them. My head is currently hanging in shame.
|smallridge4 added 15:14 - Mar 23|
yeah we need simon cox. actually saw him train at west brom today. did score a screamer, but probly only trained with the first team cos half were missing cos of internationals.
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