Why Adam Smith to Burnley would bolster their defence
According to Football Insider (h/t Lancs Live), Burnley have inquired about the possibility of signing Bournemouth star Adam Smith ahead of the new campaign.
The report suggests that the Clarets boss Sean Dyche is looking for new right-backs and Smith could be available for a reduced price after the Cherries were relegated to the second tier. He has just one more year left on his contract with Bournemouth.
Born in England, Smith started his journey with Leventhorpe School before flourishing through the youth ranks of Tottenham. However, he failed to make it into the Lilywhites’ senior set-up and spent most of his career on loan.
He played for clubs like Wycombe, Torquay United, Leeds United, MK Dons and Derby County before joining the Cherries in the summer of 2014.
He went on to establish himself as a figure of the squad and was a stalwart during Eddie Howe’s rein. He has made 238 appearances for the South Coast club and helped them get promoted to the top flight at the end of the 2014/15 campaign. He has represented England at various levels from the U16 to the U21.
Smith could provide depth to Burnley’s defence
At the moment, the Clarets have just two right-backs available in their ranks. Matthew Lowton featured in 17 league games last season while Phil Bardsley featured in 21 games. And it is clear that none of them has claimed the spot for themselves.
Moreover, both Lowton and Bardsley are above 30. The Clarets would struggle on the right side of the defence if both of them cannot stay fit throughout the next season with games coming thick and fast. Thus, a right-back is a must in the summer.
In that regard, Smith would be a viable option for the club. Despite Bournemouth’s relegation, the Englishman has been consistent and reliable. He has already made 330 career appearances in English football and his experience could come in handy for Burnley.
Though his numbers in terms of attack may not be among the best, he has proven to be solid in defensive situations and could provide them with some much-needed depth at the back. His inclusion would also bring in healthy competition.
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With Lowton and Bardsley both entering the final years of their contract with the club, it is clear that the Clarets are in dire need of right-backs. And Smith, who has immense experience, could provide them with the quality on the right side of the defence. Thus, signing the 29-year-old star would be a wise move by Burnley.