Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Antonio Conte does not view Djed Spence as an important figure with regards to his starting XI yet, and has other priorities rather than handing the young right-back minutes.
Spence has seen just a few minutes of action this season since his summer move from Middlesbrough, coming on as a substitute in the final stages of Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest last month.
Earlier this month, Conte praised the England Under-21 international for his attitude in training since arriving at the club but he admitted that the youngster needs time to adapt to the demands of top-flight football (Football.London).
The Spurs head coach has started Emerson Royal at right wing-back in every single game across all competitions so far this season.
In his press conference on Thursday, Conte remarked that the Brazilian has done well so far this season, and revealed that he expects Matt Doherty will be back in contention after the international break as the former Wolves man is still not at 100 per cent following the knee injury he sustained in April (Football.London).
Jones believes that handing opportunities to Spence is not one of Conte’s priorities this season.
When asked about the 22-year-old, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “I think it’s worth remembering that Djed Spence is more of a club signing than a Conte signing.
“He’s just not an important figure for Conte in terms of how he looks at the starting XI. He’s got other priorities in terms of getting Tottenham established in that top four.”
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I do not think the plan was ever to throw Spence straight into the deep end. We have seen that Conte is even hesitant to start Bissouma as he feels the Mali international is not up to speed tactically with his system.
Spence not only needs to adapt to the new system but has also not played at the highest level. So, the 22-year-old might not get many minutes until the second half of the season.
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