Newcastle United chief Dan Ashworth is immediately plotting a bid to sign right-back Djed Spence…
According to Football.London, the Magpies are one of a number of teams interested in signing the Middlesbrough defender ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Ashworth joined Newcastle as sporting director earlier this week and this fresh claim suggests that Spence has emerged as one of his first targets.
The report claims that Borussia Dortmund, Nottingham Forest – with whom he spent the season just gone on loan – and Tottenham are among the other teams keen on a deal for the youngster.
PIF brought in a quality English right-back in the previous transfer window as they signed Trippier from Atletico Madrid and Ashworth can now repeat that trick by landing Spence.
The 21-year-old is at the opposite end of his career to the former Spurs man but has the potential to get to the very top.
In the Championship, Spence played 42 matches as he helped Forest return to the Premier League via the play-offs, winning the final 1-0 last weekend. He showcased his attacking talent from right-back as he produced two goals and four assists, creating six ‘big chances’ in total.
His impressive performances caught the eye of former Premier League striker Ian Wright. He showered the gem with praise earlier this year, saying:
“If we are talking about right-backs performing at an unbelievable level, we’re talking about Reece James and Trent, but I have not seen a combative, technical, swashbuckling performance like that for a very long time. I said to him, in all seriousness, ‘That level we saw there? You should be in the Premier League.’ Simple as that.”
These quotes and his aforementioned attacking statistics suggest that he can provide a threat from full-back for the Magpies, much like Trippier did upon his arrival in January.
The ex-Atletico enforcer scored two goals and created 1.2 chances per game in five top-flight starts for the Toon, after registering six assists and creating seven ‘big chances’ in La Liga during the 2020/21 campaign.
He can contribute a great deal in the final third and Ashworth can land Newcastle the next Trippier by signing Spence.
At the age of 21, the Boro gem still has plenty to learn and he can develop by working with the current Magpies gem and taking in all of his experience, to ensure that he fulfils his potential and makes it at the top level.