Djed Spence’s future at Middlesbrough is in doubt according to Scott Wilson of the Northern Echo, with the club aware of ‘mounting interest’ in a potential transfer move for the 20-year-old.
Spence was linked with a move away from the Riverside in the January transfer window, with Everton and Newcastle United credited with an interest, per TEAMtalk.
Initially played as a right-back when he broke through into Boro’s senior ranks in late 2019, Spence has more often than not played as either a wing-back or a winger in recent times, with his attacking qualities seemingly far greater than his defensive ones.
And his defensive capabilities looked like they were called into question by manager Neil Warnock following the 2-1 loss to Queens Park Rangers last week, with the youngster apparently at fault for letting opposition wing-back Lee Wallace get free for the Hoops’ second goal.
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The Echo believe that up to three teams have been watching Spence recently but unlike Marcus Tavernier and Dael Fry – who Warnock has publicly stated won’t be sold this summer – the right-sided player hasn’t been afforded the same kind of support.
It looks increasingly likely that a deal could be done for Spence this coming summer – and from the reactions to the news fans don’t seem too fussed if he’s cashed in on.
I would cash in for the right fee….not convinced he is happy at boro given his agent has pimped him around everywhere all season…..hes not done anything this season to convince me to fight to keep him….money could be used elsewhere
— Adam Law (@lawsy78) April 29, 2021
There’s clearly a very talented player in there, but I think a loan move would be better for him
— alex (@DeadlyDijksteel) April 29, 2021
I hope he leaves the boro asap. We’ve played with 10 men whenever he’s been on the pitch and I’m surprised Warnock has given him so many chances to be honest. How many goals has he cost us this season? I’d rather have someone with less potential but more hunger playing for us.
— Andres Braddock (@AndresBraddock) April 29, 2021
I agree with the idea of loan deals.
Accepting Djed's age, we've all been there, he could come back a wiser stronger professional footballer.
Letting a young lad, with obvious potential go, is a mistake we've made before.
— Peter Lee Rodgers (@OOTfirebobby) April 29, 2021
I think he’s gone backwards the past year, I thought he was really good and had potential when he played under woodgate but he seems lost of confidence and hasn’t improved at all
— Craig Wilkinson (@wilko_wilkos) April 29, 2021
Move him on, Dijksteel and Fisher are better defenders and Spence isn't a winger. We need some money to reinvest into GK and ST
Spence's body language concerns me at times, hes clearly got talent but as Warnock said, premier league or conference is where he will end up
— Ben McGoohan (@BMcgoohan) April 29, 2021
Sell without a doubt, Complete liability!
— Glenn C (@cg18uk) April 29, 2021
A few months ago I'd have said absolutely not, but now, wouldn't be too bothered
— Matthew Rowney 🇨🇩 💙 (@Matt_Rowney) April 29, 2021
I don’t think he’s good enough 🤷🏼♂️ sell him if we can get good 💰💰💰
— Lee Boyle (@LeeBoyl22333157) April 29, 2021
Happy to offload him
— TAT (@taylor198269) April 29, 2021