Tottenham’s next possible signing Djed Spence is an ‘upgrade’ on Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty, according to Jamie O’Hara.
The former Spurs midfielder added that Spence, who won promotion whilst on-loan at Nottingham Forest last season, has got ‘everything’ in his locker, as he told Sky Sports News.
Those in north London have been pretty busy during these early weeks of the summer transfer window, with three new faces joining Antonio Conte’s Champions League ship.
Yves Bissouma was the big-money signing from Brighton – although former Premier League striker, Chris Sutton, was shocked Spurs only paid £25 million for his talents.
Nonetheless, the other two to arrive were free transfers in Southampton and England goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, whilst Croatian legend, Ivan Perisic, reunites with Conte, after joining from Inter Milan.
The next signing on the block could be the youngest of the lot, with 21-year-old Spence, tipped to join from Championship side, Middlesbrough, as O’Hara is looking forward to the right-sided wing-back arriving.
“I think he would be a brilliant signing,” said O’Hara. “He was fantastic at Nottingham Forest last season. I watched him a lot and he was a massive player in their team.
“He’s got everything. Scores great goals. Atheltic. Up and down. His recovery runs are brilliant. He’s good on the ball. I think he is a brilliant player.
“Obviously, it’s a step up from the Championship to playing for a huge football club in the Premier League, when the pressure is on, you are all of a sudden expected to step up two or three levels because it’s the Champions League and Antonio Conte.
“What I have seen of him. He is an upgrade at right wing-back in Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty, even though Matt did well towards the end of the season. I think Djed Spence is a great signing.”
DOES SPENCE START FOR TOTTENHAM?
If Spence joins, then Spurs will have three bonafide right-backs or right wing-backs to choose from ahead of the new Premier League season.
Conte needs depth for the new campaign because Spurs return to Champions League football, but surely one of Emerson Royal or Doherty will leave if Spence puts pen-to-paper.
More than likely, it won’t be Doherty because, prior to his season-ending injury at Aston Villa, he started to lift off under Conte and he was looking like the player that thrived at Wolves under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Emerson has had a mixed time since joining last summer, with suggestions that he wants to return to Spain and Atlético Madrid keen to sign him