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Tottenham Hotspur Face Stiff Competition For This English Full-Back: Right Choice For Spurs?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sky Germany mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur are facing stiff competition for Middlesbrough full-back Djed Spence, who is currently playing on loan at Nottingham Forest. It has been claimed that Spurs will have to rival Bayern Munich, Manchester City and several other top English and German clubs in pursuit of the English talent.

Spence’s Impressive Run Of Form At The City Ground

The 21-year-old is having a solid loan spell at Nottingham and has managed to produce a run of consistent displays on the right side of Steve Cooper’s defence. Spence has registered two goals and three assists in 34 matches for the English outfit this season across all fronts.

The English prospect has caught the eye by averaging 1.4 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 1.2 clearances, 0.7 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the EFL Championship.

However, he needs to take care of the ball a bit better when distributing possession from the right flank, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 74.8% in the second tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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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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Is Spence A Good Choice For Tottenham Hotspur?

Spence is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to secure the ball back inside his half. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the offensive but needs to take care of possession a bit better in the final third.

The English sensation excels at making some excellent runs with the ball down the right flank and can create some decent chances for others around him in the opponent’s half.

A right-back of Spence’s skill set and potential will be a brilliant signing for Spurs as he is good enough to rival Matt Doherty for a regular starting spot at the North London club in the coming seasons.

At 21, the future looks promising for Spence as long as he continues to work hard on improving himself over the next few years. With all things considered, the Championship youngster will be a great choice for Tottenham boss Antonio Conte to consider when the transfer window commences later this summer.

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