Bournemouth star Adam Smith thanks Tottenham Hotspur for Premier League head-start

The full-back has become a Bournemouth regular this season.

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to keep pace with Premier League leaders Leicester City this afternoon,when they take on AFC Bournemouth at White Hart Lane.

For one Bournemouth player it will be a chance to finally feature in the top flight at White Hart Lane once again.

Adam Smith was with Spurs from 2007 until joining Bournemouth in 2014. The 24-year-old right-back, who made just one league appearance for Spurs, struggled for first-team football at Bournemouth in the Championship.

But he has been a regular in the Premier League and has been speaking to the Bournemouth Echo about how his time with Spurs helped him prepare for life in England's top flight.

He stated:

“I was brought up to play in the Premier League. From a young age at Spurs, that was the way they taught me. I feel I am better playing in the Premier League than in the Championship and find it easier.

“The Championship is very physical and is all long balls and headers. At Tottenham, it was very much about getting the ball on the floor and not in the air. Premier League teams pass the ball and that suits my style of play.”

But despite his obvious gratitude to Spurs the Bournemouth man is still looking for a win later today:

“It would be nice to get a win at White Hart Lane. All my family will be there and it was where I was brought up so is a game I have been looking forward to.

“I am not that much of a supporter now because I am more a supporter of myself. I still have friends there but there are no friends on the pitch so I will be looking to win.”

Smith, who has played 34 times this season scoring twice, will get to meet some of his former team-mates - such as Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Tom Carroll - when the teams face off this afternoon.

He will also be hoping to put a dent in their title chances and secure Premier League survival for Bournemouth.

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