A report from Football.London has offered some insight into Djed Spence’s involvement in Tottenham Hotspur’s friendly against Peterborough U21s.
Antonio Conte continues to push his squad in the build-up to the domestic season resuming after the World Cup, and for those players who stayed behind during the international break, there was another chance to impress the manager on Wednesday afternoon.
Spurs ran out 3-1 winners against the League One side’s youth team, but more important than the result is the impact certain players appear to be having in this mid-season break.
Matt Doherty is one of those players. After scoring two goals in the friendly win against Motherwell last Friday, Doherty was at it again, scoring another goal against Peterborough’s U21s. Bryan Gil and Harvey White completed the win for Spurs (Football.London).
The two fixtures have been a chance for Djed Spence to give Conte something to think about, too, and the young wing-back has been in good form across the friendly games.
Football.London highlighted the fact that Spence got “another long run out in front of Conte,” playing 82 minutes against Peterborough, after featuring for 74 minutes against Motherwell. The report has particular praise for how Spence “showed his versatility” across the two games.
Starting the Peterborough match in his more customary right wing-back role, Spence then spent the second half on the left-hand side of the pitch, and was instrumental “in playing Bryan Gil through,” leading to Matt Doherty’s goal.
According to the report, while Spence is getting game time and surely working himself into Antonio Conte’s good books, his “biggest problem” is that Doherty, a rival for his position, is “catching the eye even more.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I’m delighted to see Spence thriving at the moment, even if it is just in friendly matches. We know he has a lot to prove to Conte, but he’s doing everything he can to make a case for more minutes in the competitive matches, and hopefully we can see him get his chance after the World Cup.
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