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KYLE NAUGHTON
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  • KYLE NAUGHTON
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UPDATED 04:44 24th January 2015




The Swans strengthened their defensive options with the signing of Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Naughton in January 2015.
Naughton penned a three-and-a-half year deal at the Liberty Stadium for an undisclosed fee.
A former England Under-21 international, he made 74 appearances for Spurs – 42 in the Barclays Premier League – during his five-and-a-half year spell at the London club.
Predominantly a right-back, Naughton also provides cover on the opposite flank.
Naughton began his career with Sheffield United, having joined the Blades’ academy at the age of seven.
His first taste of senior football came in Scotland’s top flight, where he played 18 times during a loan spell for the now defunct side Gretna.
His performances at Gretna saw him become a regular at his parent club as he made 50 appearances in all competitions during the 2008-09 campaign, with Naughton named the Blades’ Young Player of the Year along with being included in the Championship’s Team of the Year.
After just one season in the first-team ranks at Bramall Lane, Naughton caught the eye of then Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp who took him to White Hart Lane in a joint-deal including Kyle Walker.
Naughton made three appearances for Spurs before a loan spell at Middlesbrough saw him feature 15 times for the Championship side.
The following season he gained further experience in the Championship with Leicester City, as he was named the club’s Young Player of the Year along with again being included in the division’s Team of the Year in a campaign in which the Swans booked their ticket to the Premier League.
Another temporary move for the 2011-12 season saw Naughton head to newly-promoted Norwich City as he made 32 appearances as the Canaries finished level on points with the Swans.
It was enough to impress Andre Villas-Boas to include him in his first-team plans at his parent club, with Naughton making 26 appearances as Spurs just missed out on Champions League qualification while they also reached the Europa League quarter-final.
In 2013-14, he featured 34 times as Spurs finished sixth in the top flight along with reaching the last 16 of the Europa League.
Before joining the Swans, he managed ten appearances in Spurs’ involvement in the Premier League, Capital One Cup and Europa League during the 2014-15 campaign.
He made 11 appearances for the side during the 2014/15 season, but an injury sustained against Hull in April meant he didn't feature again until the final match of the season.
In his first full season as a Swan, he managed 28 appearances as the club ended the campaign in 12th position.

On the international front, Naughton has nine caps for England Under-21s.