Football London journalist Alasdair Gold has been offering some more information on Tottenham signing ex-Nottingham Forest man Djed Spence.
The defender signed for Spurs in the summer after stating his intention to sign for the North London giants.
He’s made just one appearance in the Premier League and that came during the closing stages of a 2-0 win over Forest.
Spence might not be regretting his move to Tottenham just yet but he will be keen to ensure he doesn’t go backwards.
Last season was brilliant for the talented youngster and he was an integral figure in a side that won most weeks.
As a result, he won’t want to keep sitting on the bench – or even in the stands!
With the games now set to come thick and fast, he will hope to feature. Spence has to impress Antonio Conte, with the boss already suggesting he wasn’t his signing.
Gold has now been shining some more light on the situation and it makes for interesting reading.
He told his YouTube channel: “The other thing I was told about Djed Spence is that everything about him was scouted and picked for Conte.
“Not because Conte required him but because they felt that he was a wing-back that ticked every box for a Conte wing-back.
“Paratici went and watched him a couple of times and said, ‘yeah he’s definitely going to be that player’.
“I can’t help but feel that the moment he gets his chance he’s going to show Conte that he’s a wing-back type.”
Gold offers information on Spence
It all seems like a strange situation. That said, it’s a scenario that highlights how players are signed in the modern era.
A lot of cynics have suggested that Steve Cooper hasn’t chosen all 22 players signed by Forest this summer.
The fact is that of course, he’s not hand-picked every signing. It’s why clubs spend millions assembling recruitment teams these days.
Spence won’t be worrying just yet. He is young, has bags of time on his side and if he’s not playing he might even be loaned out in January.
The England under-21 man proved last season what a fine talent he is. Under Conte, he should fulfil his potential eventually.