Former Tottenham youth defender blames 'circumstances' for exit

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AFC Bournemouth defender Adam Smith has blamed the circumstances of his loan spell at Derby County for his Tottenham Hotspur exit.

Former England under-21 defender Adam Smith was once upon a time tipped to make big waves at White Hart Lane and in the summer looked to try and force his way into the Spurs first-team.

Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers were the first Championship club to come calling for his signature, however, the 22-year-old defender rejected the initial approach to the lower league side, claiming he wanted Premier League football.

He had after all, a season on loan at Millwall under his belt last season showing his credentials at Championship level. 

As the season neared to opening day though, the Tottenham right-back finally accepted his fate of a Championship loan move, signing for Nigel Clough's Derby County just days before season kicked off.

With Kyle Walker established at Spurs and Kyle Naughton second choice, Smith was realistically only third in line at best.

He initially struggled to break into the Derby side due to the form of Wales under21 defender Kieron Freeman and when he got his chance came across as largely underwhelming.

When Clough was ousted as Derby supremo and former England manager Steve McClaren came in and brought Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom with him, it was agreed that Smith would return to White Hart Lane with his tail between his legs.

In the January window, Smith made the surprising decision to permanently pack up his things in North London and head towards the coast to link up with former manager Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.

The right-back has since gone on to claim that the failed loan move in the East Midlands wasn't down to him, but actually down to circumstance.

''I still had two-and-a-half years left on my contract at Spurs but I moved for the sake of my career,'' said Smith.

''What happened (at Derby) was the defining moment in making me look elsewhere. The same thing happened to me at Leeds and you do doubt yourself.

''Deep down though, I knew that a lot of it came down to circumstances. It wasn't down to me why the loans didn't work out.''

Truth be told, Smith never stepped up to the plate in a Derby shirt and sending him back to Tottenham was the right decision. Nevertheless, the permanent move to Bournemouth gives the young player a chance to get back to basics and really prove himself in the Championship.

He will get his first chance to put a few demons to bed on Saturday when Bournemouth travel to the iPro Stadium to face an in-form Derby County side looking for automatic promotion.

A good performance from Smith and Bournemouth could derail the Rams promotion juggernaut and prove that it was wrong to cut him out the side.

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