AFC Bournemouth: New boy Smith ready to repay Howe's faith

Bournemouth Echo: NEW SIGNING: AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith NEW SIGNING: AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith

RECENT recruit Adam Smith vowed to repay Cherries boss Eddie Howe for rescuing his career and declared himself ready for first-team action.

The 22-year-old right-back, who last played a league match while on loan at Derby in October, revealed he had been building up his fitness since switching to Dean Court in January.

Smith has been named as a substitute for Cherries’ past three Championship outings but has yet to take to the pitch with fellow full-back Simon Francis continuing his remarkable record of playing every minute of every match this season.

However, after successfully completing 70 minutes of Cherries’ development squad friendly with Brighton last week, the Spurs academy graduate feels ripe for picking.

Smith told the Daily Echo: “I haven’t played a lot of games so it was good to get some match time because when my opportunity comes, I need to be ready.

“There was a lot of difference compared with the intensity of a first-team match but I got out of it what I needed to. I am naturally fit and, fortunately, I didn’t really feel any tiredness. I feel okay.”

While trying to break through at Spurs, Smith had no fewer than seven temporary stints elsewhere, including a season-long loan at Dean Court in 2010-11.

His most recent was meant to keep him at Derby until the summer but then-manager Nigel Clough’s departure soon saw his spell end at Pride Park, prompting the rookie to search for a permanent switch.

And with Howe showing enough faith to sign the defender on a full transfer, Smith revealed the confidence boost was just what he needed.

Smith added: “I had other options but I knew Eddie Howe from before and what stuck in my mind was how he improved me as a player. I wanted that again.

“He didn’t really have to sell the club – all I needed to hear was that he wanted me.

“I still had two-and-a-half years left on my contract at Spurs but I moved for the sake of my career.

“What happened (at Derby) was the defining moment in making me look elsewhere. The same thing had happened to me at Leeds and you do doubt yourself.

“Deep down, though, I knew that a lot of it came down to circumstances. It wasn’t down to me why the loans didn’t work out.

“I think I am now ready to play a full, competitive game so I just have to keep on training well and try to give the manager a decision to make.”

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6:34am Wed 19 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Despite where we are now, for me there was something special about our play-off 2010-11 season (apart from EH leaving). So it's good to have Smithy back who had a part to play then and I'm sure will be good for us when called upon.
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Despite where we are now, for me there was something special about our play-off 2010-11 season (apart from EH leaving). So it's good to have Smithy back who had a part to play then and I'm sure will be good for us when called upon. UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 9

7:17am Wed 19 Feb 14

Talkingheadera says...

A good addition indeed but I though Francis was man of the match Saturday and his having a great season. Rarely puts a foot wrong and his height is such a bonus at set pieces either end of the pitch.
A good addition indeed but I though Francis was man of the match Saturday and his having a great season. Rarely puts a foot wrong and his height is such a bonus at set pieces either end of the pitch. Talkingheadera
  • Score: 5

7:29am Wed 19 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Talkingheadera wrote:
A good addition indeed but I though Francis was man of the match Saturday and his having a great season. Rarely puts a foot wrong and his height is such a bonus at set pieces either end of the pitch.
Have to agree Francis seems to be stepping up his game and nearly won us the match on Saturday. However for all the minutes he's played this season he's not invincible and I'd be happy for Adam to step in should he need resting or injuring.
If I remember rightly Eunan didn't play so much earlier in the season and now look at him. Not many would choose Harte over Daniels but he is doing well and should Eunan be out for a while I have faith in Shaun Mac too. All great news as we really look like we have a squad with very good cover, progress indeed!!!
[quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: A good addition indeed but I though Francis was man of the match Saturday and his having a great season. Rarely puts a foot wrong and his height is such a bonus at set pieces either end of the pitch.[/p][/quote]Have to agree Francis seems to be stepping up his game and nearly won us the match on Saturday. However for all the minutes he's played this season he's not invincible and I'd be happy for Adam to step in should he need resting or injuring. If I remember rightly Eunan didn't play so much earlier in the season and now look at him. Not many would choose Harte over Daniels but he is doing well and should Eunan be out for a while I have faith in Shaun Mac too. All great news as we really look like we have a squad with very good cover, progress indeed!!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 16

9:08am Wed 19 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Talkingheadera wrote:
A good addition indeed but I though Francis was man of the match Saturday and his having a great season. Rarely puts a foot wrong and his height is such a bonus at set pieces either end of the pitch.
Have to agree Francis seems to be stepping up his game and nearly won us the match on Saturday. However for all the minutes he's played this season he's not invincible and I'd be happy for Adam to step in should he need resting or injuring.
If I remember rightly Eunan didn't play so much earlier in the season and now look at him. Not many would choose Harte over Daniels but he is doing well and should Eunan be out for a while I have faith in Shaun Mac too. All great news as we really look like we have a squad with very good cover, progress indeed!!!
And I feel this will prove to be very important in a March with a very busy fixture list
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: A good addition indeed but I though Francis was man of the match Saturday and his having a great season. Rarely puts a foot wrong and his height is such a bonus at set pieces either end of the pitch.[/p][/quote]Have to agree Francis seems to be stepping up his game and nearly won us the match on Saturday. However for all the minutes he's played this season he's not invincible and I'd be happy for Adam to step in should he need resting or injuring. If I remember rightly Eunan didn't play so much earlier in the season and now look at him. Not many would choose Harte over Daniels but he is doing well and should Eunan be out for a while I have faith in Shaun Mac too. All great news as we really look like we have a squad with very good cover, progress indeed!!![/p][/quote]And I feel this will prove to be very important in a March with a very busy fixture list cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 5

1:01pm Wed 19 Feb 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

If either Tommy or Cookie were to get injured Franny would be our cover leaving the RB spot up for grabs (not grabbon). Smith could step in and fill the gap. Hard to see Francis being displaced if everyone stays fit, was my player of the season last year, and on course again this season. Yes he does get caught out defensively at times but he brings an awful lot to the team.
If either Tommy or Cookie were to get injured Franny would be our cover leaving the RB spot up for grabs (not grabbon). Smith could step in and fill the gap. Hard to see Francis being displaced if everyone stays fit, was my player of the season last year, and on course again this season. Yes he does get caught out defensively at times but he brings an awful lot to the team. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 9

1:09pm Wed 19 Feb 14

coops1965cherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Talkingheadera wrote:
A good addition indeed but I though Francis was man of the match Saturday and his having a great season. Rarely puts a foot wrong and his height is such a bonus at set pieces either end of the pitch.
Have to agree Francis seems to be stepping up his game and nearly won us the match on Saturday. However for all the minutes he's played this season he's not invincible and I'd be happy for Adam to step in should he need resting or injuring.
If I remember rightly Eunan didn't play so much earlier in the season and now look at him. Not many would choose Harte over Daniels but he is doing well and should Eunan be out for a while I have faith in Shaun Mac too. All great news as we really look like we have a squad with very good cover, progress indeed!!!
Couldn't agree more Ted, this addition is a real boost because this lad can really play.
He is good on and off the ball reads the game well, has good pace and overlaps as good as anything I have seen here.
When he does go forward he gets back quicker because he is aware and has that extra pace.

A superb addition to the squad and a real footballer with a good grounding, a good pedigree and that will see him progress with this team.
Once again in Eddy we trust he knows what players will be part of a forward thinking attacking squad.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: A good addition indeed but I though Francis was man of the match Saturday and his having a great season. Rarely puts a foot wrong and his height is such a bonus at set pieces either end of the pitch.[/p][/quote]Have to agree Francis seems to be stepping up his game and nearly won us the match on Saturday. However for all the minutes he's played this season he's not invincible and I'd be happy for Adam to step in should he need resting or injuring. If I remember rightly Eunan didn't play so much earlier in the season and now look at him. Not many would choose Harte over Daniels but he is doing well and should Eunan be out for a while I have faith in Shaun Mac too. All great news as we really look like we have a squad with very good cover, progress indeed!!![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more Ted, this addition is a real boost because this lad can really play. He is good on and off the ball reads the game well, has good pace and overlaps as good as anything I have seen here. When he does go forward he gets back quicker because he is aware and has that extra pace. A superb addition to the squad and a real footballer with a good grounding, a good pedigree and that will see him progress with this team. Once again in Eddy we trust he knows what players will be part of a forward thinking attacking squad. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 5

5:49pm Wed 19 Feb 14

raybren says...

Would like to see this team for Saturday ;-
Camp
Smith Elphick Cook Harte
Francis O ' Kane ( or Macca )
Ritchie Arter
Grabban Kermit

To try and restrict Derby as much as poss , whilst still having fire power .
Would like to see this team for Saturday ;- Camp Smith Elphick Cook Harte Francis O ' Kane ( or Macca ) Ritchie Arter Grabban Kermit To try and restrict Derby as much as poss , whilst still having fire power . raybren
  • Score: -2

8:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

West moors 1 says...

Great young talent and very pleased to have him in the squad. Good pace with skill to go past people, also liked a tackle! Great respect for Francis, superb season so far, but with this lad he knows he has to stay on the top of his game.
Great young talent and very pleased to have him in the squad. Good pace with skill to go past people, also liked a tackle! Great respect for Francis, superb season so far, but with this lad he knows he has to stay on the top of his game. West moors 1
  • Score: 1

8:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

afcdibby says...

raybren wrote:
Would like to see this team for Saturday ;-
Camp
Smith Elphick Cook Harte
Francis O ' Kane ( or Macca )
Ritchie Arter
Grabban Kermit

To try and restrict Derby as much as poss , whilst still having fire power .
How about Camp with 3 centre backs (Francis, Cook, Elphick) 2 wing backs ( Smith & Ritchie) 3 midfielders (Surman, Arter, O'Kane) and 2 Forwards (Kermit & Grabban).
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Would like to see this team for Saturday ;- Camp Smith Elphick Cook Harte Francis O ' Kane ( or Macca ) Ritchie Arter Grabban Kermit To try and restrict Derby as much as poss , whilst still having fire power .[/p][/quote]How about Camp with 3 centre backs (Francis, Cook, Elphick) 2 wing backs ( Smith & Ritchie) 3 midfielders (Surman, Arter, O'Kane) and 2 Forwards (Kermit & Grabban). afcdibby
  • Score: 2

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