Smith was worth waiting for – Robbo

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KARL Robinson’s right-back prayers have been answered with the loan signing of Tottenham Hotspur youngster Adam Smith.

The 20-year-old joins Dons on a season-long loan from the Premier League side, and will go straight into the squad to face Yeovil at Huish Park tonight.

Smith is familiar with League 1 action having spent last season on loan with Bournemouth where he made 38 appearances, scoring once, as the south coast side made the play-offs.

His performances for the Cherries last season impressed England U20s coach Brian Eastwick enough to include him in his squad for the World Cup in Colombia. The competition is still ongoing, but England’s progress ended in the group stage – against Argentina, Mexico and South Korea – after they drew all their games 0-0. Smith started in all three.

On the signing of Smith, Robinson said: “Adam is a young full-back who adds strength and quality to our side. He has already proven he can cope at this level and possibly should even be playing in the Championship.

“We’re very fortunate to have acquired his services because a lot of clubs were looking at him, but thankfully we were able to hold out until he came back from the U20s World Cup and I think it was worth waiting for a talented player.”