Tottenham starlet frozen out - Where does he go from here?

Adam Smith has only featured in two games for Derby County since Steve McClaren was appointed manager. After being replaced by Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom, where is the players next move now he has been sent back?

In the Summer Derby County fought off some pretty determined competition for England under-21 right back Adam Smith. When the talented youngster signed up, he was regarded as the best possible replacement for the outgoing John Brayford and received rave reviews from fans about his abilities. 

When the season started, the Tottenham right back started on the bench for Derby, this was largely due to form of Wales under-21 full-back Kieron Freeman. Nigel Clough explained that the Spurs man would have to win his place, which after several games out of the limelight, he did. 

The Tottenham man came in after a hugely disappointing loss to Burnley at home, and from that point on-wards he was considered first choice. The Derby County fans were unconvinced early on about his abilities and questioned his defensive contributions, as the defence seemed to leak needless goals. 

When Derby went through a torrid September spell, the Derby County hierarchy sacked the man responsible for bringing Adam Smith in, and despite not shining as expected, no-one thought he would be ousted from the team and left in the wilderness. 

Steve McClaren questioned the Derby County defence and made arrangements for improvements quickly, bringing in the England under-21 captain Andre Wisdom to play at right back, and with that Adam Smith's career at Derby looked ominous. 

The 22-year-old Tottenham defender hasn't played a single minute of first-team football since Andre Wisdom signed, and with Michael Keane coming in yesterday it confirmed his time as being over, sent back to Tottenham on Friday evening.

The loan initially was to give the defender a good run in the first team, which he would then use to help his progression at Spurs. However, in actual fact it can be chalked up as his first unsuccessful loan spell, and could even hinder his reputation at Spurs in the process. 

Smith has to now get his head down at Tottenham, and hope to start again in January by making another positive loan move. Getting it right will be crucial to his career.

What do you think of the Tottenham star's progress so far this season? Disappointing or misjudged? 

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