Spurs line up Premier League replacement for Kyle Walker


Mauricio Pochettino is monitoring Bournemouth’s Adam Smith with Kyle Walker’s future still uncertain, reports the Mirror.

Walker was dropped to the bench for Tottenham’s crucial games against Chelsea and Arsenal last month, though he was restored to the line-up against Crystal Palace and West Ham.

The England international didn’t play particularly well in either of those games, and Pochettino may well turn to Kieran Trippier on a more regular basis next season.

It’s been claimed, most notably by the Independent, that Walker wants to leave following a row with the Spurs boss over his fitness.


Manchester City remains the most likely destination, and should Tottenham choose to cash in, they could use part of the proceeds towards Smith, who began his career at White Hart Lane.

The 26-year-old has been impressive for the Cherries, creating five assists this season. That puts him level with only Walker in terms of assists from defenders in the top flight, so he could offer a similar sort of option down the right.

Smith was always keen to break into the first team at Spurs but was sent on loan by numerous managers. He left in 2014 before Pochettino’s arrival.

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