Kyle Walker’s defending came under the spotlight again last night, particularly with the needless free kick that led to Lyon’s early goal. It’s been a difficult second season for the right back and a proportion of supporters have been suggesting that his place may come under pressure next season.
That pressure could come from another member of the squad – Adam Smith who has been impressing on loan at Millwall and with the England Under 21 squad in this campaign. Smith made a solitary appearance in the league cup for Spurs this season but his improvement suggested that he may be pushing Kyle next year.
However, there has been a change in fortunes at the New Den forcing Lions manager Kenny Jackett to suggest that recent mistakes have cost the Championship side. Smith was taken off at half time and blamed for two of Peterborough’s goals during a 5-1 defeat.
“Perhaps defensively [he’s made a few mistakes],” Jackett said. “It’s his longest spell of football in the Championship but Boyd got the better of him in the first half.
“Overall he’s done well for us. I’m sure he’ll come through it.”
Walker may well be retained as first choice right back for next season while those championing the case of Adam Smith may have to wait a little longer.