Some of us were expecting right back Adam Smith to stay on the fringes of the Spurs squad this season and mount a tangible challenge to Kyle Walker as first choice in that position. After a successful loan spell at Millwall in the previous campaign and some impressive displays at England Under 21 level, the time just seemed right for the 22 year to battle for a place in the side.
However, the club have announced this morning that Adam is heading out on a season long loan to Derby County in a bid to gain more first team football.
That leaves Walker unchallenged, unless Tottenham take the unlikely step of signing a right back before the window closes. After a promising first season at the Lane, 2012-13 was a difficult campaign for Kyle but Smith’s departure means he is likely to have a free reign on the right.
Yes, there is Kyle Naughton and possibly Younes Kaboul but will either of these two really be anything more than injury cover in that position?
As for Smith, we wish him well but at the very least, a loan to another Premiership club might have been a better option.