This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leicester City have expressed an interest in Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, as Football League World exclusively reported.
Spence, who has recently turned 21, has accumulated over 50 appearances for Boro since his 2019 debut, scoring two league goals in the process.
The full-back can also operate as a right-midfielder and has started two of the opening four league games for Boro this time out.
Spence is a product of Fulham’s academy, before putting pen-to-paper for The Teessiders in August 2018.
After 22 appearances during the 2019/20 campaign, the young full-back made 41 appearances last season, with 22 of those from the start.
With Leicester City now setting their sights on Djed Spence, we asked some of our writers here at FLW what they think of this proposed move…
I think it’s worth considering.
The Foxes have a decent record with identifying full-backs and helping them reach new heights so you’d back them to do similar with Spence who operates in similar areas of the pitch.
I don’t know whether he’d be starting every week to be honest but he could be a good signing for the future, learning off of the players there and, of course, Brendan Rodgers who is very good at coaching and improving young footballers.
I am sure he would be tempted to move but he’ll also need to weigh up just where he is going to get the most game time, and how that will impact his progression in the near future.
I think Spence still has a lot of learning to do and he wouldn’t be getting in Brendan Rodgers side anytime soon.
When they’re both fully-fit, Leicester have two very good right-backs or right-wing-backs in Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne and both are likely to be battling it out for that spot in the league and in European competition this season.
Spence meanwhile has yet to really figure himself out at Middlesbrough – he originally came into the side as a right-back but his attacking qualities mean that he’s far more effective as a wing-back or even a winger.
Neil Warnock seems as though he’s reverted to a back four for now at Middlesbrough and Spence probably isn’t good enough defensively to get in ahead of Anfernee Dijksteel, so he will be playing second fiddle or being an impact substitute for most of the season on the wing.
Whilst I think there’s a lot of untapped potential in Spence, a Premier League move wouldn’t make too much sense right now, even though Neil Warnock would happily cash in on him and that speaks volumes as to what his level is right about now.