Alasdair Gold predicts 21-year-old Spurs man will play ‘quite a lot’ this season

Antonio Conte
(Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Alasdair Gold has predicted that Djed Spence will end up getting quite a lot of game time at right wing-back during the upcoming season.

Spence was Tottenham’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window, with the Lilywhites agreeing on a fee of £12.5m with Middlesbrough, which could rise to £20m including add-ons (Sky Sports).

Spurs fans got their first glimpse of the England Under-21 international last Saturday when he was handed a 20-minute cameo off the bench against Rangers after replacing Harry Kane.

Antonio Conte admitted soon after the 21-year-old’s arrival at Spurs that it was the club that recommended the right-back’s signing before he gave a green light to the deal (The Athletic).

Conte’s comments have raised some eyebrows, with former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson insisting they were a ‘slap in the face’ for the youngster (Daily Star).

However, Gold dismissed those concerns and suggested that Spence’s attributes make him a perfect fit for Conte’s system.

When asked about the right-back, the journalist said on Q&A in Football.London: “I think he’s going to end up playing quite a lot. He fits Conte’s wing-back mould perfectly. Now he just needs the experience and the Italian’s tutelage.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

I think Spence can potentially surprise a lot of people during the upcoming season. The 21-year-old excels at take-ons and is capable of beating players on the inside as well as on the outside, which will be a huge asset in Conte’s system where the wing-backs are often isolated with the opposing full-backs in one vs one situations.

Have something to tell us about this article?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.