Djed Spence played his final game of the 2021/22 campaign on Monday and it’s been some season for the Nottingham Forest loanee. After his latest outing for the England Under-21s, he’s received praise on Instagram from Harvey Elliott and Brennan Johnson.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a breakout campaign over the last 12 months. He arrived at Forest in August having found himself out of favour under Neil Warnock at Middlesbrough.
Spence quickly set about proving the former Boro boss wrong. His performances on Trentside were largely impressive and he helped the Reds win promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 23 years.
The youngster now looks set to leave Forest for good. He is heavily linked with a move to Tottenham and could complete a transfer to the North London-based club in the coming weeks.
That will leave Forest with a huge void to fill in their team. Steve Cooper will have a list of transfer targets and he will scrub Spence off and pursue the next one.
Spence was a popular figure in the dressing room at the City Ground. His latest Instagram post is awash with praise from his peers and he’s going to be a tough character to replace for Forest.
Forest will hope to get the ball rolling on signings soon. The squad will need an injection of quality following promotion and the powers that be will want the club to be competitive.
Spence receives praise from Liverpool man and Forest star
There really is no ceiling for just how good Elliott can be. The Liverpool talent is going from strength to strength and next season could be a big one for the versatile performer.
Thankfully, for Forest, they do have Johnson tied down to a deal. Spence looks like slipping through their fingers but their prized asset in the final third is their player for next season.
The challenge for Forest will be tempting him to sign a new deal. Now that Premier League football has been secured that shouldn’t be too tricky and hopefully, something can be sorted.
Forest have a real job on their hands replacing Spence. Cooper will set to work immediately with regards to signing a new right-back but the form of Spence will not be easily forgotten by the Reds fan base.