Rumour Mill: Walker Replacement Already Lined Up?

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Dom Le Roy

With much speculation surrounding the future of Spurs wing-back Kyle Walker, it appears the senior management at Tottenham Hotspur already have a successor lined up.

26 year old Bournemouth full-back Adam Smith has attracted interest from Spurs following an impressive campaign for the Cherries. He currently tops the charts for Premier League assists from defenders, tied on 5 with none other than Kyle Walker himself, but how do the two compare?

Defensively, Smith has the edge, blocking 8 shots and making 49 interceptions, which is more than Walker on 5 and 37, respectively. Smith has also attempted more tackles (80) than Walker (70), though the two both boast a 70% tackle success rate. In attack, though they both lead the charts in defenders’ assists, Smith’s greater crossing accuracy (23%) compared to Walker (14%) has played a large part in creating more chances (8) than Walker (4). Smith also has managed a goal this season, whereas Walker is yet to get his name on a 2016/17 Premier League score-sheet.

It also worthy of note that Adam Smith is a product of the Tottenham Hotspur youth academy, but failed to impose himself on the squad. After making just 1 appearance for the first team in 6 years amidst 7 different loan spells, Smith was eventually moved on to Bournemouth in 2014. Reports from HITC Sport imply that Smith could be purchased at a price as cheap as £4 million.

Almost a year younger than Walker, Adam Smith appears to be a more than efficient replacement should the England right back depart the club. But what do you think? Would you rather Smith than Walker? Or is there another right-back we should be looking into?

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  1. Walker staying should be the priority if his head hasn’t been turned but RBs to consider would be Smith, Thomas Meunier of PSG and more so Mario Gaspar of Villarreal
    More of a gamble for that position would be Rafinha who’s looking for a way out of Barca and has played the position, but if not would be a smart addition for cover in central midfield at just 21yo

  2. Mr. Walker you are a good player and are in very good place with the Spurs Organisation now.
    To leave would be questionable anywhere you go.
    Tottenham is a very good team where I believe more good things are on the horizon, in part thanks to you. I believe in Spurs as the next era in BPL football as long as we stay together to maintain some consistency. I traveled some 6-1/2 hr air-miles to watch Spurs play in Feb.March/2017 and shared in just two matches at White Hart Lane the joy of the club’s winning formula. Keep your Kit at Tottenham. Many thanks


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