MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Adam Smith (L) of MK Dons holds off the challenge of DJ Campbell (R) of Queens Park Rangers during the FA Cup Third Round match between MK Dons and Queens Park Rangers at stadiummk on January 7, 2012 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Interesting news broke this morning, as Tottenham Hotspur right back Adam Smith, currently on loan with Leeds United, was returned to Tottenham Hotspur. The move comes as Kyle Walker pulled out of the England squad with an ankle injury. The move seems to signal the Walker injury is worse than initially feared by the Spurs faithful, as Kyle was able to go 90 minutes in the North London Derby.
The move provides an amazing opportunity for Smith, who has been a long-time Spurs product who has yet to appear with the first team. Smith, 21, has seen his career so far marked by loans. He first got on the map with a successful loan in 2009-10 with League 2 side Torquay United. Smith followed the next season by being an immense player for League 1 side Bournemoth, as Smith featured 42 times in the season for the club.
The loan also got Smith some national team attention, as Adam played for the England U-20's and U-21's. This season, Adam Smith got off to a strong start with League 1 side MK Dons. Smith performed so well that Championship sides were after him, precipitating his Leeds move.
Going forward, Smith's arrival is scary news for Tottenham, as Kyle Walker's health becomes a doubt. But Smith does provide some needed depth for Tottenham, as Younes Kaboul seemed the only other capable right back on the side. For Manchester United on Sunday expect to see a backline of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Michael Dawson, Ledley King/Ryan Nelsen, and Younes Kaboul. But if Walker doesn't get fit, expect Smith to make his Tottenham debut sooner rather than later.