Date: 2nd June 2016 at 7:19am
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AFC Bournemouth full back Adam Smith believes Cherries manager Eddie Howe has a big decision next season over who to select at right back.

Following Adam Smith’s return to the south coast in January 2014, Smith initially had to show his patience in awaiting a chance to break into the squad.

With Simon Francis the ever dependable right back, Smith couldn’t break into the squad on a regular basis and throughout the Cherries Championship winning campaign, he filled in a number of roles showing his versatility.

But during AFC Bournemouth first ever season in the Premier League, Smith became a regular in his preferred position at full back.

He didn’t displace Francis, but due to a injury to AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick, Francis made the step across to fill in at centre back.

Smith went on to make 36 appearances before the 25 year old suffered a hernia problem which prematurely brought an end to his season.

Assuming all are fit, with the possibility that new additions could also be added to the mix following the release of Sylvain Distin, Smith believes the competition at the back will be a good problem for Eddie Howe to have.

Smith told

‘It`s going to be interesting, The gaffer has a problem there doesn`t he! It`s a good problem to have, I need to look after myself and come back with good fitness and play well.

‘It`s been my dream since I was little, to play in the Premier League and keep this club up is the highlight of my career. We are not going to rest on that, though. We need to kick on again next season.

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AFCBade said…

Smith better attacking threat now and Francis solid in the middle. I know people said we were on beach at the end of season and whilst no doubt intensity of our play dipped we missed smith and Arter whilst carried players returning from injury.Join the conversation here.

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