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76% passing accuracy: The EFL player edging closer to sealing Tottenham transfer move



Djed Spence is reportedly closing in on a move to Tottenham Hotspur for this summer.

He will likely become the club’s fifth signing of the summer as Middlesbrough look to cash-in on the full back’s impressive campaign out on loan with Nottingham Forest.

Spence will join the likes of Fraser Forster, Richarlison, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma as part of Antonio Conte’s overhaul of the Spurs first team squad.

There will be plenty of expectation on his shoulders as he looks close to a £15 million deal to join the Premier League club.

Conte’s side secured Champions League football for this season, so the step up for Spence will be massive should he complete this transfer.

Here we take a look at his stats, courtesy of Sofascore, for the campaign that put his name on the map with Forest.

The full back was a key player for Steve Cooper’s side, playing 42 games in the Championship and taking the role of first choice full back.

Playing on the right flank, Spence got forward as he was deployed in a more aggressive role in a back five system.

That will suit Spurs, with their Italian manager also preferring to utilise a back five with advanced wing backs.

Playing in that role, Spence earned four assists in the league for Forest, averaged 63.7 touches per game and one key pass per game.

He was an extremely involved player in attack, who attempted a lot of creative passes in order to find teammates in attacking areas.

His passing accuracy in the final third dipped to 66 per cent when compared to 83 per cent in his own half, forming an overall percentage of 76 per cent.

This shows that he was willing to play more risky passes in order to open up space on the pitch because he is more than comfortable making accurate passes in safer areas of the pitch.

That kind of proactivity will be encouraged under Conte and can be honed as he continues to develop his game.

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Spence was also keen to get involved defensively last season, completing 1.5 interceptions per 90, as well as making 1.4 tackles and winning back possession 0.4 times per game.

Across a gruelling and intense campaign, the 22-year old also only made one error which led to an opposition shot and he was only dribbled past 0.5 times a game.

These figures indicate a well-rounded game that does still need to be ironed out.

But all the signs are there of an encouraging signing for Spurs, especially given Conte’s track record in improving wing backs and considering the relatively low sum for the player.

Irish sports writer

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: 76% passing accuracy: The EFL player edging closer to sealing Tottenham transfer move

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