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Tottenham Hotspur To Rival Nottingham Forest For This Talented Full-Back: Good Option For Conte?

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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Jacque Talbot claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are set to rival Nottingham Forest for Middlesbrough full-back Djed Spence who had an encouraging loan spell at Nottingham recently. It is believed that Spurs are eyeing a move for the English talent this summer.

Spence’s Excellent Loan Spell At Nottingham

Spence has enjoyed a decent loan spell at the City Ground as he has managed to put in several eye-catching performances on the right side of Nottingham’s defence. The 21-year-old has been involved in 50 matches for Steve Cooper’s side during this campaign in multiple competitions.

The promising talent has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.5 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 0.6 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the EFL Championship. He has even been careful with his ball distribution after making 76.1% of his attempted passes in the second tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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LUTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Djed Spence of Nottingham Forest inspects the pitch prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Luton Town and Nottingham Forest at Kenilworth Road on April 15, 2022 in Luton, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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Is Spence A Good Option For Tottenham Hotspur Boss Antonio Conte?

Spence usually works hard when defending inside his half. He is a decent tackler of the ball and can make a few timely interceptions for his team. Spence is primarily a right-back but can even fill in as a right-sided wide player if required.

The England Under-21 international doesn’t mind clearing the danger when required and can even engineer some promising chances for his teammates in the final third. He is a good dribbler with the ball at his feet but is still quite a raw talent and might need some time to settle into life in top-flight football in England.

We can expect Spence to add more steel and creativity to Spurs boss Antonio Conte‘s defence. He will undeniably offer some serious competition for Emerson Royal at the North London club in the coming seasons.

Spence could even serve as an upgrade over Matt Doherty who has struggled to be consistent with his performances at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the past ten months. All in all, the Middlesbrough full-back will be a good option for Spurs to pursue when the transfer window commences later this month.

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