Djed Spence has come under severe criticism from the French press for the second game in a row, with the right-back being ripped apart for his performance against Clermont Foot.

Spence made a promising start to his loan spell at Rennes, with the 22-year-old being Ligue 1 club’s standout player in his debut against Lille, showing plenty of attacking enterprise down the right side.

Djed Spence

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However, it has seemingly been all downhill for the England Under-21 international since then.

The former Middlesbrough came in for scathing criticism for his defensive work in Rennes’ Europe League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday, with Maxi Foot giving him a rating of just 3/10 and expressing concerns over his defensive work.

Spence kept his place in the starting eleven for Rennes’ clash against Clermont Foot, with Bruno Genesio’s side returning to winning ways at home.

However, some concerns have once again been voiced about the on-loan Spurs man’s defensive positioning and his marking.

Stade Rennais Online gave Spence a 3/10 and wrote about his performance: “The negative point of this victory is the defensive frailty of Spence.

“He completely failed with his marking. Offensively more visible, his ball helping Rennes make it 2-0. Technical errors and positionally a shambles for the rest.”

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Perhaps we are starting to see some evidence of why Conte was not willing to trust Spence.

However, in fairness to the 22-year-old, it would be unfair to judge him too harshly before he gets more competitive game time under his belt.

It is also worth noting that Rennes shifted to a back four on Sunday, which meant that Spence played as a conventional right-back and thus had more defensive responsibility.

That is not the position that Tottenham signed him for.

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