Alasdair Gold thinks 'unbelievable' Spurs 21-year-old will play 'quite a lot' under Conte next term
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Alasdair Gold thinks 'unbelievable' Spurs 21-year-old will play 'quite a lot' under Conte next term

Alasdair Gold has backed Tottenham Hotspur newcomer Djed Spence to get considerable game time this season.

The football.london correspondent shared his thoughts on his latest fan Q&A on the website.

Spurs completed the signing of the 21-year-old from Middlesbrough earlier this month.

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According to The Guardian, Tottenham are paying an initial £12.5m, but the fee could rise to £20m with add-ons.

Spurs had been linked with Spence for much of the summer, though talks dragged on for a while.

And this week, Tottenham made the England Under-21 ace their sixth signing of the summer.

He will compete for the right wing-back position with Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal and Lucas Moura.

“An investment of the club”

Speaking to the press after Spence’s arrival, Conte conceded the youngster wasn’t a player he had initially targeted.

“Spence is an investment of the club. The club wanted to do it,” talkSPORT quoted the Italian as saying.

“I said ‘OK, this player is young but he showed he can become a good, important player for us’.

“The club decided to buy him.”

This led to some concern as to whether Conte will give Spence considerable game time next season.

Paul Merson recently wrote in the Daily Star: “Conte admitting that Spence wasn’t his signing is a slap in the face for Tottenham’s latest buy.

“It’s terrible when you know the manager didn’t really want you. I’ve been in that situation myself – but I decided not to go.”

However, Gold is confident that Spence will get plenty of game time under Conte, as he fits his system “perfectly”.

“I think he’s going to end up playing quite a lot,” Gold wrote on football.london.

“He fits Conte’s wing-back mould perfectly. Now he just needs the experience and the Italian’s tutelage.”

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“One of the best”

Spence burst onto the scene last season, lighting up the Championship on loan at Nottingham Forest.

The 21-year-old’s efforts helped the Reds back into the Premier League for the first time in 23 years.

Spence also helped Forest beat Arsenal in the FA Cup, leading to Ian Wright lauding his efforts.

“Let me say, that was one of the best right-back performances I have seen for a very long time,” he said on the Wrighty’s House podcast at the time.

“If we are talking about right-backs performing at an unbelievable level, we’re talking Reece James and Trent (Alexander-Arnold).

“But I have not seen a combative, technical, swashbuckling performance like that for a very long time.”

And Boro’s Sol Bamba told talkSPORT of Spence: “The potential is there, he’s an unbelievable, fantastic player.

“Under Conte, in my opinion, I think he will learn a lot.”

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