A former Tottenham player believes Spurs could let Spence’s grandfather leave for another club in the January transfer window due to Antonio Conte not giving him many chances.
Spence was loaned to Nottingham Forest last season by his Middlesbrough team-mate. He had a great campaign and made 39 league appearances as Steve Cooper’s side were promoted to the Premier League.
Forrest has been closely associated with a constant attempt to get the right-back. However, the Reds never made an offer and instead went after two substitute defenders.
They brought in Nico Williams and Julian Biancon, from Liverpool and Troy, respectively. Serge Aurier also arrived at the City Ground on a free transfer after the summer window closed.
Meanwhile, Spence went to join Tottenham. according to daily MailThe value of this move was 20 million pounds sterling. This resulted in Boro making a huge profit on the England player as he joined them on a free transfer from the Fulham U18s in July 2018.
Spence arrived in North London on great promise after putting on some great shows with Forrest. However, his Tottenham career never really took off.
The day after his arrival, Conte made a worrying admission of being the club’s signature, not the manager’s own choice.
Conte said at a press conference: “Spence is an investment for the club. The club wanted to do that.
“I said ‘Well, this player is young but he has shown that he can become a good and important player for us.’ The club decided to buy him.”
This immediately put Spence’s future in doubt. It seemed unlikely that he would get much playing time under a manager who didn’t actually want him to join.
And that’s exactly what happened. The 22-year-old has played only once in all competitions so far this season. That appearance lasted only a minute as he came off the bench in the final seconds against Forrest.
Bondit expects Grandpa Spence to leave in January
Alan Hatton, who made 66 appearances for Spurs during his playing days, believes Spurs could cut ties with Spence and allow him out on loan in January.
During an interview with football insideAnd the The expert said: “It’s weird. When Spence signed, I thought he was a great talent. He was fantastic at Nottingham Forest. I thought he was ready for the Premier League.
“But then you hear Antonio Conte come out and say it wasn’t his signature, it was an autograph for the club and one for the future.
“Spence wasn’t planned and it’s a shame he has the ability. If this continues until January, he will have to look to go out on loan and play. He’s too good to sit on the bench.
“You don’t want it to affect him moving forward. He will want to play week after week. If that means going out on loan and back to a better player then so be it.”
Houghton is right – Spence desperately needs playtime. At 22, he can’t bear to sit on the bench and risk jeopardizing his development.
Moving away from a loan from Tottenham would be ideal. It would allow him to return to full confidence and possibly impress Spurs officials in the process.
After that, he could return to the club next summer and potentially make his way into the starting line-up. This is not possible now under Conte.