Tottenham: Djed Spence future ‘uncertain’ at Spurs
Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson has suggested that Djed Spence may not have a future at Tottenham Hotspur if Antonio Conte stays as the club’s manager.
The Lowdown: Spence joins Rennes on loan…
The summer signing from Middlesbrough played just five Premier League minutes for Spurs before recently jetting off to Rennes on loan for the rest of this season.
Spence arrived in north London with plenty of promise, even being dubbed ‘perfect’ for Conte and his system of play by talkSPORT’s Alex Crook, but a lack of match action saw Tottenham send him out to Ligue 1 on a temporary basis.
Reports suggest that the 22-year-old is could still have a future in N17, but the club’s former goalkeeper turned Sky Sports pundit Robinson isn’t too sure.
The Latest: Robinson doubtful on Spence’s future…
Speaking to Football Insider, the 43-year-old claimed that Spence may not have a future at the club if Conte remains as manager.
Robinson believes that the defender’s career at N17 is ‘uncertain’ on this basis, stating: “I do not know if he has a future at Spurs. It is uncertain. He has not been near starting place. It has been a strange one.
“If Antonio Conte stays I cannot see Djed Spence staying. The manager’s contract is up at the end of the season though. Spence’s future is probably dependent on who is the manager. The current manager is clearly not a fan.”
The Verdict: Promising player…
Now that Matt Doherty has left the club permanently, we believe that there is certainly room for Spence at Tottenham over the next few seasons.
Much has been made of first-choice right-back Emerson Royal’s lack of attacking impetus at times, making us wonder if the future is Pedro Porro and Spence in rotation on that side.
Conte has previously praised the 22-year-old for his all-round application and attempts to improve his game, perhaps suggesting that the Italian does see a defender with real potential. The Englishman was also a mainstay under Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper as they secured promotion back to the top flight during his loan spell at the City Ground last season.
Hailed as ‘incredible’ by some members of the press, Spence’s promise as a future star indicates that he could slowly work his way into Conte’s plans if the 53-year-old remains at Tottenham, amid recent reports that his future in N17 is ‘on standby’.