Connect in the back of the net

Bournemouth are starting to stamp their authority on the Premier League at present. The Cherries weren’t given too much of a chance at the beginning of the season, and a run of eight league games without a win from mid-September to early December had many believing they were doomed.

However, after a stunning revival, Eddie Howe’s side have now moved away from the drop zone up to 16th in the Premier League table, and have given themselves an excellent chance of survival. Bournemouth have only lost once in eight games and have been very solid at the back. One of the men behind their recent resurgence, is right-back Adam Smith.

The 24-year-old spent six years at Tottenham Hotspur, but made just one League Cup appearance for Spurs during that time. He was subsequently loaned out to seven clubs before signing permanently for the Cherries in January 2014.


Brave and commanding

Smith’s brave and commanding performances of late has really paved the way Bournemouth’s change in fortunes. Howe has had a lot to deal with already this term, with injuries and unlucky defeats.

But, players like Smith have really stepped up to the plate and done the Cherries proud in their maiden season in the Premier League.

There’s still an awful long way to go this season – and this league can be an unforgiving division. But after 20 games, Bournemouth have remained competitive, and have as good a chance as anyone of staying in the top flight come May.


Vital period

The Championship champions have a vital period coming up – with back-to-back home games against West Ham United and Norwich City approaching.

The Cherries faithful will be looking to the likes of Smith to keep up his superb form, and drive the club even further away from trouble. Bournemouth’s Premier League journey has been quite an eventful one so far, and they’re certainly not finished yet.


Written by Gareth Hinton

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