Chelsea and Tottenham join the race to sign Adam Smith
Bournemouth right-back Adam Smith is subject of interest from Chelsea and Totteham Hotspur.
Smith, 26, joined the Cherries from Tottenham in 2014 and since then he has been a mainstay of Bournemouth back four. A former England U-21 international, known for his attacking creativity along the right and passing quality, made 36 appearances for Bournemouth this season, scoring once and assisting five times.
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Now, The Sunday Express suggests that Chelsea and Tottenham are set to lock horns for Adam. Kyle Walker is expected to leave Spurs after bust-up with manager, leaving Pochettino with only Kieran Trippier at the right-back spot. Spurs think Smith would be the perfect competitor for Trippier. Meanwhile, Chelsea used Victor Moses throughout the season as right wing-back and Antonio Conte wants increased competition in his side as Chelsea will be back in the Champions League frame next season.
Both Kieran Trippier and Victor Moses are first-choice players for Tottenham and Chelsea respectively, That means, Smith might have to play second fiddle to any one of them if he decides to leave the Vitality Stadium. But considering that Pochettino often rotates his fullbacks just like he did this season with Walker and Trippier, Tottenham would be the ideal destination for the Englishman.
Regarding his future, Smith told Bournemouth Echo :
“That transfer talk is part of football, all the speculation builds towards the end of every season.
“It is always nice to be talked about in a positive way, because it means you are doing something right. I would rather that than be getting bad press.
“But I do not take too much notice of it. I am a Bournemouth player and I am planning to have a nice holiday now, then come back here next season.”
Smith, a Spurs fan from childhood, graduated through their academy. When asked if that could trigger a possible move to Pochettino’s side, Smith further added :
“Not really, no. I was there for a long time but I don’t really take any notice of all the talk – a lot of it is rubbish!”