The Lowdown: Spurs’ move for Spence
Back in the previous summer transfer window, Spurs signed Spence on a five-year deal worth £20m from Championship club Middlesbrough following his loan spell at Nottingham Forest last season.
Since then, the 22-year-old has only played 26 minutes of action for Antonio Conte’s side across four appearances.
With the January transfer window approaching, it seems as though some behind-the-scenes details have emerged regarding Spence’s situation at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and what the second half of the season could hold for him.
The Latest: Jones’ comments
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones had this to say about Spence, admitting that Spurs are open to the idea of a loan exit in the New Year.
“They’re open to letting him go, but it needs to be to a club that can quickly get him up to the levels to play in the same sort of system that is going to help him at Spurs, so it’s not as simple as just finding him a loan deal.”
The Verdict: Makes sense
Given the lack of game time the full-back has had at Spurs so far this season, it would make sense for the Lilywhites to let him join a club in January where he’d not only be able to play regularly but also in a team and system that would help him get accustomed to what Conte wants of him.
Bearing in mind how Spence ended his loan spell with Forest last season with more successful dribbles (74) and crosses into the 18-yard box (16) than any other player at the club, it would seem likely that a number of other sides would be happy to have the Englishman in their squad even on a temporary basis.
Moving forward, if Spurs can find a club in January that would be willing to sign Spence on loan, play him regularly and put him in a better shape to force his way into Conte’s side next season, this would surely be the ideal next step for all parties.
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