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John Wenham thinks that Djed Spence’s problems at Tottenham thus far are the result of “other issues at play.”
Spence signed a £20 million contract to join the North London club from Middlesbrough (Sky Sports News, July 19, 2022). However, he has not been able to find success since the transfer.
The right wing back has only made four Premier League appearances for Spurs before being loaned to Leeds United and Stade Rennais F.C.
The 23-year-old defender was sent back from West Yorkshire midway through the current season after his loan move to the Whites didn’t work out. He will now be joining Serie A team Genoa.
Via his personal X account, Italian writer Fabrizio Romano revealed on January 11 that Spence is scheduled to have a physical with Genoa before joining the team on loan as part of Spurs’ agreement to bring Radu Dragusin to North London. Overnight, video of the former Middlesbrough player [Gianluca Di Marzio] arriving in a minicab to have his medical with the Serie A team surfaced.
Wenham is optimistic that the loan move is successful for all parties concerned. The Serie A team has the option to make the trade permanent for £8.6 million in the summer.
Wenham, who spoke exclusively to Tottenham News, stated: “It appears like Tottenham has successfully offloaded Spence as part of the agreement for Dragusin, which I think is crucial, given Postecoglou ordered him to train with the Under-21s right away after he returned to the club.
“I am aware that some fans have great expectations for Spence and believe he could succeed under Postecoglou, but after seeing him in preseason, he decided he didn’t want him.
“Clearly, there are other concerns at hand. I think there’s more to that narrative than Daniel Farke has revealed, even with his unsuccessful loan move to Leeds United.
“For an astonishingly low £8.6 million, Genoa has the option to purchase him. Who knows, maybe the team will try to sign him if he makes an impression.
“They have made a significant profit on Dragusin, which we paid them approximately £30 million for, and they may utilize some of that money for Spence.”
#Calciomercato | @GenoaCFC, Djed #Spence è arrivato a Genova. Domani le visite mediche, poi la firma sul contratto che lo legherà in prestito ai rossoblù (video @MarcoBovicelli) pic.twitter.com/JVJT692eY1
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) January 10, 2024