Last season’s Championship title winners have experienced a mixed start to life in the Premier League, recording wins over West Ham United and Sunderland but also suffering heavy defeats.
One of their most recent losses came against Smith’s former club Tottenham, the North Londoners showing their class as they routed Bournemouth 5-1 at the Vitality Stadium.
However, in spite of that defeat, Smith assures reporters that two of his former Spurs teammates were impressed with Eddie Howe’s side and have backed them to beat the drop come next May.
“I speak to H quite a bit and Ryan is my best friend. I have known him since he was seven years old,” Smith was quoted as saying.
“They say we play the right way, like Spurs do, but maybe we need a bit more confidence. They said we will be all right and we believe that.”
Bournemouth’s task of staying up was dealt a big blow when star player and last season’s top scorer Callum Wilson was ruled out of action with a long-term injury.
The South Coast outfit have slipped into the bottom three following four straight defeats, while recent heavy losses having seen their goal difference plummet to a joint-worst -13.
Still, Eddie Howe’s men play an exciting brand of football and considering they entered the league with next to no top-flight experience, performances have been admirable.
On Saturday, they face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in a match which may just suit their style.