Will next season be this Spurs youngster's breakthrough year?

Will Adam Smith feature for Tottenham's first team season?

Adam Smith is a 21-year-old defender who started his career at Tottenham in 2008. Ever since he has been farmed out on loan but he may be given a chance to break into the team next season.

Smith is a right-back who can also play on the right side of central defence. The departure of William Gallas means the club may be reluctant to send him on loan next season to provide that extra body in the squad.

As things stand he’s highly unlikely to get into the first team, in his natural position, ahead of Kyle Walker which means he may have to think about playing more as a central defensive player if he wants a chance under Andre Villas-Boas, or simply continue to wait patiently for a chance.

He’s currently on loan at Championship side Millwall and his stats have been respectable; 17 starts and a single goal. He has been consistent wherever he’s been, he’s just a little unlucky there is so much competition at right-back at Spurs.

His height of five feet and eight inches means Tottenham are unlikely to use him as a centre back unless they have an injury crisis. His best hope of a chance will come if Walker picks up some sort of injury or is bought in the summer.

He may even get a chance in Europe, even if Spurs manage to secure Champions League football ahead of next season. This would increase the number of games Spurs play and if they secure qualification to the last 16 quickly, who knows.

He’s certainly good enough to get a chance in one of the domestic cup competitions and when he gets that chance, he has to make the most of it because it may be his only chance to get Walker out of the side.

The scale of his task is immense because Walker is on the fringes of becoming a regular England right back. However, Smith has never shied away from a challenge and has accepted loan moves to some competitive clubs and divisions.

He has every skill needed to be a great defender for Spurs; pace, fitness, energy and strength. He’s a regular England Under-21 international so is it time for AVB to give him a chance at White Hart Lane? Certainly.

Will it be his breakthrough season next year?

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