AFC Bournemouth full back Adam Smith does not believe that the FA Cup has lost its spark.
In the modern game the FA Cup has struggled to maintain its position as the best club competition in the world.
With the top level of the game awash with money from lucrative television deals with the likes of Sky Sports and BT Sport, teams have shown that their priority is the league by playing weakened sides in the FA Cup.
The winning sides in the fourth round of the FA Cup all receive £90,000, a large sum of money for the lower league sides that have made it through to this stage of the competition. But for the Premier League sides who spend that amount per week on wages for a couple or even just one player, the draw of the FA Cup is not financial.
Instead the FA Cup relies heavily upon its history and for Adam Smith, who is hoping to play as AFC Bournemouth are expected to make a number of changes, the chance to compete with another top flight side is exciting.
Smith told thefa.com…
‘When you are a kid one of the things you remember is watching The FA Cup Final and all the build-up to it.
‘It is a special competition. Some people think it has lost its spark, but I don`t think it has. Every player wants to win The FA Cup and I know we will definitely be taking it very seriously this season.
‘Hopefully we can beat Villa and then go on a bit of a run, like we did in the League Cup (reaching the quarter-finals). We are looking to go on another good run and we’ll see where that takes us…’
‘…We have played a couple of Premier League teams (West Brom and Liverpool) already this season and we gave a good account of ourselves both times. The lads won`t be scared going into this game. We are just looking forward to testing ourselves against another top side…’
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