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Wolves: Journalist claims Julen Lopetegui has eyes on Tottenham’s Djed Spence

Wolverhampton Wanderers are believed to be interested in Tottenham Hotspur right wing-back Djed Spence amid this January’s transfer window.

What’s the latest?

There have been some reports that Spurs would be willing to allow Spence to depart this month in a bid to get the 22-year-old playing more regular first-team football.

However, there have also been some suggestions claiming Antonio Conte would be keen to keep the player in north London despite him not playing a big role in the Italian’s squad, with Lyall Thomas saying:

“That’s what I’ve been told by my sources so far. As things stand, at the moment, he’s not going anywhere.”

But it would seem apparent that the Englishman does not hold an immediate spot in Conte’s plans given that he is yet to start a game for the Lilywhites since signing in the summer.

And speaking on the Last Word on Spurs YouTube channel, journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed the Wolves manager, Julen Lopetegui, is a big fan of the young wing-back:

“With Spence, there’s always been a massive amount of interest and I know that at Southampton, in particular, unlike when Ralph Hasenhuttl was there, Nathan Jones really likes the player. So that might be one to watch.

“And then Wolves have got a new manager too in Julen Lopetegui and he’s doing really well and he rates the player as well.”

A way out for Spence?

It has been a turbulent spell for Spence since making the move to north London in the summer for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £20m

The 22-year-old has now made six appearances in almost six months at Spurs and all of those six outings have come from the substitute’s bench racking up a combined 41 minutes worth of football (via Transfermarkt).

This is following an impressive stint in the Championship last season where the wing-back totalled 4372 minutes across all competitions for both Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.

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And looking back on his arrival at Spurs, it would seem as if Conte set his stall out pretty early on in Spence’s time at Spurs after he had the following to say about the signing of the 22-year-old:

“Spence is an investment of the club. The club wanted to do it. I said ‘OK, this player is young but he showed he can become a good, important player for us’. The club decided to buy him.”

In comparison to Wolves’ Nelson Semedo – and caveated by playing in the Championship – last season, Spence was able to provide almost double the amount of shot-creating actions as Semedo has this season (via FBref).

On top of that, the Englishman – hailed as “brilliant” – was able to complete over three times (1.89) as many successful dribbles per 90 minutes to the mere 0.49 average by Semedo this season.

So it would seem as if Lopetegui could be interested in providing more of an attacking threat down his right side of defence but it could take Spence some time to get up to speed having sat on the sidelines for so long now.