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Tottenham youngster set to prosper

Smith looks set for a bright future (©GettyImages)
Smith looks set for a bright future (©GettyImages).

Tottenham Hotspur posses one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, in the form of Kyle Walker. 

With age and form on his side Walker is expected to replace Stephen Carr as the clubs most successful right-back in the Premier League era. 

Walker had enjoyed a loan spell at Aston Villa earlier and his impressive performances helped him to replace Vedran Corluka in the side.

He hasn't looked back since and has made that spot his own facing competition from Corluka, Alan Hutton and most recently Kyle Naughton. 

Naughton and Walker were purchased together by the Spurs at a young age when both were tipped to have a bright future. Naughton, who had a successful loan spell at English Premier League side Norwich City, is currently the back-up option available at the disposal of Andre Villas-Boas. Naughton's versatility has helped him to occupy both the right-back and left-back positions at the club last season. 

Even though Naughton is versatile and good enough for Premier League, he is yet to nail down a starting spot for himself at White Hart Lane.

Following the footsteps of the two Kyle's, Spurs' academy product Adam Smith is marching up the ladder. The right-back has been send out on loan six times already with mixed success. 

But his progress cannot be denied and he is inching closer to a player of Premier League caliber.

The 22-year-old defender, endured two loan spells in League 2 via Wycombe Wanderers and Torquay United at the start. He learned his trade in league two before climbing the first ladder. His loan spells at Bournemouth and Milton Keyns Dones in League 1 helped him to mature better as a footballer.

He continued his upward trajectory with loan spells to championship clubs Leeds United and Millwall. Throughout his six loan spells the player has performed in a higher level and was improving day by day.

During his last stint at Millwall, Smith had impressed Premier League team Wigan Athletic's manager Roberto Martinez. Martinez was ready to take him to Premier League. Spurs think tank opted against it and thought that more playing time is important for his development at this stage of his career. Even though he suffered further setbacks at Millwall, he still remains a hot prospect and will be counting his chances in Premier League.

Tottenham's former manager Harry Redknapp is a huge admirer of Smith's talents and was interested in prizing him away from White Hart Lane. But the ambitious player has opted against a move to Championship again and he believes that he is ready for the Premier League.

There are aren't any solid offers for the right back from Premier League. The English youngster believes that the young lions are not getting enough chances in Premier League, and is waiting for his chance.

He is definitely set to get his chance at Spurs in the pre-season. If he can shine in the limited opportunities he gets, he might fancy challenging the two Kyle's. There is a chance that Naughton might opt for a new club in search of regular playing time. Spurs future is in safe pair of legs as the youngster Smith, is waiting to grab the opening's coming his way.

Adam Smith is definitely a player of Premier League quality. England U-21 international has already made his Premier League debut for Spurs in 2011/12 season and is eagerly waiting for more chances. He can play as a left back also in a similar capacity that Naughton played last season. 

A loan spell to a bottom table Premier League club is looking most likely this season. It remains to be seen whether he can challenge Kyle Walker or Kyle Naughton in future, but one cannot rule out that possibility with the way the youngster made his progress. 

 

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