Brentford are plotting a £15 million pound move for Middlesbrough wing back Djed Spence, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, as per The Sun.
It is said that Boro will sell to the highest bidder this summer – and that Brentford are serious about pulling off a ‘coup’.
Is it a good potential move?
Djed Spence has spoken recently about his desire to play in the Premier League so in that sense, it would be a good move as Brentford will be a Premier League side next season.
However, after being linked to some of the most elite clubs in Europe, perhaps Brentford might be an underwhelming move for Spence to make if he has got his hopes up of a big move.
That’s no disrespect to Brentford, but there is clearly a disparity between themselves and some of the clubs linked with spence, for example, the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
That being said, in terms of game time and development, a move to Brentford may trump a move to those elite clubs.
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Would he start?
If Brentford were to stump up the sort of money Middlesbrough are said to want for Djed Spence, he would almost certainly start for the Bees.
Hence, a move to Brentford could be a better one than to those elite clubs, as he is likely to get far more game time with the Bees than he would at the others.
Brentford have used a 3-5-2 formation on plenty of occasions this campaign and you feel Djed Spence would slot perfectly on to the right hand side in Thomas Frank’s side, giving Brentford great attacking threat from both sides with Rico Henry on the left.
If Brentford were to play a back four it would be interesting to see how Spence adapted his game to playing right back rather than the more attacking role he has played at Forest this season.
What does he offer?
In the right-wing-back role we have seen him play at Nottingham Forest this season we have seen that Djed Spence has plenty to offer in both sides of the game.
Going forwards he is a real threat, with fantastic dribbling skills and run-making ability, combined with the technical quality to produce a good cross or finish when in a position to do so.
Those abilities have seen the 21-year-old score two goals and lay on five assists for his teammates in 38 Championship appearances this season.
Meanwhile, defensively Spence brings something, too, with the young wing-back winning 59.4% of his 6.08 duels per 90 this season, according to WyScout.
Spence, the, offers something on both sides of the ball, and at 21-years-old, is only going to continue to improve in all areas.