Bournemouth star Adam Smith thankful for Tottenham upbringing

Bournemouth's Adam Smith in action with Everton's Bryan Oviedo

The 25-year-old came through the Spurs academy before signing for the Cherries.

Bournemouth's Adam Smith in action with Everton's Bryan OviedoBournemouth's Adam Smith in action with Everton's Bryan Oviedo

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith has been talking to the Echo about the prospect of playing his boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, in the Premier League's first game of the weekend.

If Spurs win they could be top of the league, at least for a period of time, and although 25-year-old Smith will be trying his hardest for the Cherries to get a result against the Londoners, he would surely be happy to see his old team challenging for the title again this season, after paying credit to his development at the Lilywhites.

"Tottenham brought me up to play football the right way," Smith told the Echo.

"I am thankful to them for the way they improved me as a youngster and then right the way through until I was 21. They have helped me get to where I am now so I don’t have any regrets (about not breaking into Spurs’ first team).

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesSmith at Spurs - Picture Supplied by Action Images

“It’s going to be a difficult game, but all my family will be down here watching so hopefully we can put in another good performance.

“I was a Tottenham fan and all my family support them so it will be a nice day for them – but the most important thing is for us to get the win.”

Leytonstone-born Smith was a highly rated attacking fullback after coming through the Spurs academy, making his debut as a 21-year-old on the last day of the 2011-12 season.

Tottenham's Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele in action with Bournemouth's Adam SmithTottenham's Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele in action with Bournemouth's Adam Smith

The right back would only feature in two first team games for Tottenham, with much of his football coming in loan spells to lower division clubs. He signed a permanent deal with the Cherries in 2014 having featured for them in League One on one of those loans in 2011.

After a slow start to the season in the Premier League last year, Smith pushed on to make the right back slot his own and was involved in both games against Spurs. His marauding forays up the flank were very much an attacking weapon for Eddie Howe's side, and are something he has continued this season, with one goal and two assists in eight league games.

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