Djed Spence made his Tottenham debut against Nottingham Forest on Sunday and afterwards, Antonio Conte made an amazing admission.
The Spurs player came on in the closing stages of the contest and almost stunned the City Ground by scoring.
Spence was in fine form for the Reds during last season. He was an integral part of Steve Cooper’s team as they won promotion to the Premier League.
Now, he will be trying to force his way into Conte’s plans on a more frequent basis, although it could prove tricky.
Following Spence signing for Tottenham, Conte suggested that it was the club that wanted to sign the player for £20 million.
Now, he’s dropped a hint that highlights that he’s not even training with the first team at the club.
He told The Evening Standard: “I was very clear at the start when I said this singing is a really good prospect, he’s a young player. This signing – the club wanted to invest in the player.
“The difference is clear. To play in the Championship with Nottingham Forest and then with Tottenham, he needs time to adapt himself in many aspects, in the physical aspect and tactical aspect because now he is working with another coach.
“I’m seeing a lot of desire, a lot of will, from this player to try and reduce the gap and be ready.”
Amazing admission made by Conte on Spence
This doesn’t sound particularly good for Spence. He will be keen to build on last season but now he could face a period on the sidelines.
Conte appears to be preferring other options and it will be interesting to see if he figures in the next game.
It’s likely that the Italian put him on the bench at the weekend as it offered the Forest faithful a chance to show their appreciation for last season.
These comments suggest that Spence isn’t even training with the first team and the wing-back will hope that isn’t the case for long.
Forest have replaced their former player with Liverpool youngster Neco Williams and they’re now in safe hands.
Spence will go down as a player who helped the reach reclaim a place in the top-flight.
The challenge for him is to get up to speed quickly and ensure he doesn’t spend all season on the fringes.