Djed Spence has been told that he will be a bit-part player for Tottenham next season, according to former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell.
Spence could become Spurs’ fourth summer signing following the additions of Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster while Yves Bissouma has completed his medical ahead of a move from Brighton.
The north London outfit have been monitoring the right-back since he broke into the Boro team. However, his loan stint at Nottingham Forest last season saw plenty of new admirers emerge for the 21-year-old.
Forest are chasing a permanent deal for the full-back, but Tottenham remain favourites for his signature. A fee of around £20million is currently being mooted, with further talks taking place on Tuesday evening.
But despite his obvious talents, Campbell believes Spence has work to do to convince Antonio Conte he can start every week.
When asked by Football Insider how he sees the players fitting in, Campbell said: “I don’t see him starting, if I’m honest.
“I see a development in him over the next 12 to 18 months into that regular starter.
Spence to be part of Conte rotation
“He will get game time but I don’t think he’ll be starting every week. Conte will give him time to settle. Spence would be part of the squad who come in when there is a rotation.
“He has really good attributes. I just see Antonio Conte trying to build an athletic squad. Spence will bring that dynamism down the right-hand side.
Spence contributed two goals and added five assists in 42 league appearances as Forest won promotion last season.
He is expected to compete with Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal for the right wing-back spot. However, rumours remain that the latter will be offloaded to make room for Spence this summer.