According to Daily Star, quoted by Express, Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs interested in the services of Djed Spence. The Middlesbrough defender, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, has become one of the most sought-after prospects in English football, with the youngster set for a move to the Premier League this summer. Middlesbrough could be ready to offload him for a fee of around £20m, with Arsenal and Tottenham the two clubs vying for his services.
Djed Spence’s rapid rise to fame
London-born Djed Spence had been part of the Middlesbrough squad since 2018. After a few years with the team’s youth training, the defender was loaned out to Nottingham Forest last summer, to help them win more playing time in the Championship.
A professional right-back, Spence has not disappointed either, becoming one of the rising stars in the Championship this season. In 29 league appearances he was involved in seven goals, impressing spectators with his ability to race forward.
The full-back is also quite athletic and is able to cover much of the right flank. It is complemented by its exceptional space, which makes it a real weapon for any team that likes to dominate possession and probe the opposition.
Unsurprisingly, Spence’s blistering performances have not gone unnoticed, with several Premier League clubs hot on his trail next summer. Tottenham are no exception, as they look to bolster their options in the full-back department.
The right option for Tottenham?
Spurs haven’t had much depth in the full-back department in recent seasons. Especially at left-back, they lacked a reliable competitor for Sergio Reguilon. But the problem is arguably most concerning on the opposite flank, with Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal failing to impress coach Antonio Conte.
Their inconsistency on the flanks has now forced Conte to explore the market for potential alternatives. With Doherty and Emerson facing an uncertain future at the club, adding someone like Djed Spence could prove to be a smart move for the Lilywhites.
At 21, Spence has shown immense potential to become one of Europe’s best. Although he still has a long way to go if he really wants to establish himself as one of the best right-backs, the 21-year-old can certainly start somewhere and Tottenham could be ideal.
The Londoners can offer Spence the chance to return to his hometown while also having the opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League. At 21, he could be an attractive alternative for Emerson at right-back, although it remains to be seen whether or even Doherty will stay at Spurs beyond the summer.