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Tottenham Hotspur Express Interest In Championship Defender: Exactly What Conte Needs?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Daily Star, as cited 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 being primed for a move to the Premier League in the summer. Middlesbrough could be prepared to offload him for a fee of around £20 million, with Arsenal and Tottenham the two clubs vying for his services.

Djed Spence’s Rapid Rise To Prominence

A native of London, Djed Spence had been a part of the Middlesbrough side since 2018. After a few years with the team’s youth setup, the defender was shipped to Nottingham Forest on loan last summer, in order to help him gain more game-time in the Championship.

A right-back by trade, Spence hasn’t disappointed either, becoming one of the rising stars in the Championship this season. In 29 league matches, he has been involved in seven goals, impressing the onlookers with his ability to make marching runs forward.

The fullback is quite athletic as well and is capable of covering a lot of area on the right flank. It is complemented by his exceptional space, making him quite a weapon for any team that likes to dominate possession and probe the opposition.

Unsurprisingly, Spence’s blazing performances have not gone unnoticed, with multiple Premier League clubs hot on his trail in the coming summer. Tottenham are no exception, as they look to shore up their options in the fullback department.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Djed Spence of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane on March 04, 2022 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
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The Right Option For Tottenham?

Spurs haven’t had much depth in the fullback department in recent seasons. Especially at left-back, they have lacked a reliable competitor for Sergio Reguilon. But the issue is arguably the more concerning on the opposite flank, with both Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal failing to impress coach Antonio Conte.

Their inconsistency on the flanks has now compelled Conte to explore the market for potential alternatives. With both Doherty and Emerson facing an uncertain future at the club, the addition of someone like Djed Spence could prove to be a smart move for the Lilywhites.

At the age of 21, Spence has shown immense potential to become one of the very best in Europe. While he still has a long way to go if he is to truly establish himself as one of the best right-backs, the 21-year-old can certainly start somewhere and Tottenham could be an ideal destination.

The Londoners can offer Spence the chance to return to his hometown while getting the opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League. At 21, he could be an interesting alternative for Emerson at right-back, though it remains to be seen whether or not Doherty remains at Spurs beyond the summer.

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