Djed Spence names three traits he brings to Tottenham and explains why he is ‘ready’ for step up
Djed Spence has vowed to bring “excitement” to Tottenham Hotspur and says he is prepared to put in the hard work required to make an impact in the Premier League.
Spence has officially become a Tottenham player after completing a transfer from Middlesbrough. The deal is reportedly worth up to £20million. As such, there will be high expectations on the wing-back despite his lack of previous Premier League experience.
Spence was a member of the Nottingham Forest squad that won promotion via the Championship play-offs. Prior to that, the former Fulham academy player represented Middlesbrough.
Now, he has taken a huge step up in his career, to a club competing in the Champions League. Given that Tottenham’s existing right-backs, Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty, have both struggled for consistency in the capital, he could have a decent chance of regular gametime too.
Whatever the next five years hold for Spence, he is ready for his new challenge.
“To be in the Premier League and a big club like Tottenham Hotspur is a dream come true,” Spence said on Spurs TV. “I’m just thankful that I’ve got here and going to get the opportunity to play for the club.
“Everyone wants to play in the Premier League. As a kid you watch it, that was a target of mine. Big club, Champions League football and obviously you’ve got some of the best players that play here. It’s a privilege to be here.
“Last year we won promotion with Nottingham Forest and it was just a great season for me. It was the stuff of dreams, really.”
Spence featured 46 times across all competitions for Forest during his loan spell. It was an extremely productive season from which he is hoping to kick on.
“I bring excitement, skill, speed,” he promised Tottenham fans. “I just want to excite the fans and play well.”
Spence spots familiar face at Tottenham
The 21-year-old is eager to get to work with his new companions at Tottenham.
“I can’t wait to meet the players, the staff and the manager and just train with everyone and gel with the team,” he said.
And there is one teammate he is already familiar with. On the opposite flank, Ryan Sessegnon is someone he shares a past with in academy football.
“I grew up with Ryan at Fulham, through the ranks from U12s to U16s,” he explained. “We played a Premier League tournament together and won that. He went with the first team at a young age and obviously his career has gone very well so far.”
Djed Spence is an excellent signing for Spurs
Spurs have agreed a deal with Middlesbrough for Djed Spence.
Sessegnon has had to be patient to make a breakthrough at Tottenham. Spence will be a long-term prospect too, but is ready to dedicate himself to the task ahead.
“To just be prepared to work hard. I’m just ready,” he said.
“I’m a very chilled character, I’m very humble and everything is about football with me. I’ve dedicated my whole life to it, nothing else but just football, football, football really.”
Soon, it will be time for Spence to prove himself on the pitch.
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