Pandit argues Tottenham’s Djed Spence should have stayed at Nottingham Forest

Simon Jordan can’t understand Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to sign Djed Spence for an initial £12m and told talkSPORT (31 Jan 10.30am) the Premier League outsiders would have been better off staying at Nottingham Forest .

It’s never a good sign when your new manager refers to you as a ‘club signing’ almost immediately after you arrive. The implication, of course, was that it wasn’t Antonio Conte but those above him at Tottenham who decided to bring Spence to north London from Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

And the fact that the England Under-21 international played just three minutes of Premier League football before being loaned to Rennes on deadline day only reinforced the feeling he was about as wanted in Conte’s squad as a hot-dog Vendor at Vegan Food Festival.

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“I don’t understand the dynamics of this transfer,” admits Jordan, the former Crystal Palace owner.

“He could have gone to Nottingham Forest. He could have stayed where he was actually successful. He went to Spurs and I don’t understand what the purpose of that transfer was.”

Spence played a key role in Forest’s promotion campaign in 2021/22; playing the best football of his career on loan at the City Ground. In hindsight, the former Fulham youngster would probably have been better off signing a permanent deal on the banks of the Trento.

Especially with Tottenham potentially investing £40m in Pedro Porro. The Spaniard’s arrival forces Spence even further down the pecking order.

At the very least, Spence should get a little easier on first-team football following Britain’s swap for Brittany. Most notably now, Rennes has lost captain Hamari Traore and Lorenz Assignon to injury.

“He has an interesting player profile,” says Rennes’ sporting director Florian Maurice. “(Spence) is a dedicated, quick player who is good at defending and attacking. He won promotion to the Premier League with Nottingham Forest last season.

“He has played little at Tottenham but he is still a player with great potential. I hope he fits into the group quickly to show us his qualities.”

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