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Wolves should revive interest in Djed Spence this summer

Wolves‘ issues at right-back have held the team back from progressing this season, with Nelson Semedo having struggled for consistent form and with fitness since arriving from Barcelona at the start of last season for £37m.

Back-up option Ki-Jana Hoever has also had a number of injuries over the last couple of years, as well as having been criticised by manager Bruno Lage for not being “prepared.”

The duo’s failure to fully win over the Molineux faithful will leave many wondering why the club didn’t secure a £5m deal for long-term target Djed Spence, with the then 20-year-old not being in favour at Middlesbrough despite his encouraging development.

Should Wolves target Djed Spence in the summer?





This season, the English right-back has spent the season on-loan at Nottingham Forest, helping the East Midlands club towards play-off contention, as well as the FA Cup quarter-final, where they were unfortunate to lose 1-0 at home to Liverpool.

“I always want to push myself and play with the best players and best teams,” Spence said in the week. “Of course it’s an ambition of mine to play in the Premier League. I just want to keep improving and show everyone what I can do on the pitch.

“I need to stay focused, have tunnel vision and play well on the pitch.”

The right-back has received enormous praise throughout the season, including from former England striker now-pundit Ian Wright, who couldn’t speak highly enough of his performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup earlier in the season, which saw him earn a 7.7 match rating.

Wright said on his podcast: “Let me say, that was one of the best right back performances I have seen for a very long time. A very long time.

“If we are talking about right-backs performing at an unbelievable level, we’re talking Reece James and Trent (Alexander-Arnold).

“But I have not seen a combative, technical, swashbuckling performance like that for a very long time.”

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A rapid, adventurous defender with real quality in the final third, he has four assists and two goals in all competitions in 2022 alone, and with still a number of games to go in the Championship, expect that number to go up, and more teams to join Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to secure his signature – which is reportedly worth around £12m.

Wolves obviously have an excellent relationship with their Portuguese connections, but the club should target Spence once again this summer, with a view to him potentially ousting Semedo as first choice and becoming their starting right-back for years to come – and with his attacking output on the right flank, he can finally be the replacement the club has needed for former fan-favourite Matt Doherty.

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