Tottenham are being tipped to turn to an old boy to solve their growing problem at right wing-back, as summer signing Djed Spence continues to be snubbed.
Spence arrived in north London as the best right-back in the Championship after winning promotion with Nottingham Forest while on loan at the City Ground from Middlesbrough.
However, it’s since emerged that Antonio Conte never wanted the England Under-21 international in the first place.
That has shown on the stat sheet, with Spence making only four appearances so far – all of them off the bench.
The position remains an issue for Tottenham, as it pretty much has ever since Kyle Walker left in 2017.
Kieran Trippier proved a quality addition for while but his form eventually dropped off. However, he appears to have found it again at in-form Newcastle.
However, Serge Aurier, Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal have all successively proved inconsistent. And, to that end, Spurs could turn to the January window to fix the issue once and for all.
But the most annoying part of that is that they are ready to turn to a player who was previously on their books.
Southampton star tipped for Tottenham return
A report from 90min claims that Southampton star Kyle Walker-Peters is back on the radar of Conte and Fabio Paratici.
Tottenham sold Walker-Peters for just £12million two years ago. Since then he’s taken his game up a level at St Mary’s, earning two senior England caps in the process.
But with Saints struggling at the wrong end of the table and a new manager at the helm, Spurs are hoping that they may be open to a sale – if Nathan Jones wants to bring in his own targets.
The report adds that long-time target Max Aarons also remains an option. However, the Norwich man hardly looked a wordl-beater during his short time in the top flight.
To that end, Walker-Peters remains a much more solid option and a 25 still has plenty to offer.
There is no mention in the report of how much Tottenham would have to pay. Or even if there was a buy-back clause inserted in the original deal.
However, Southampton will surely hold out for as much as they can. Especially when they know that is a position their Premier League rivals need to strengthen.
Too soon to give up on Spence
It’s baffling that Conte has not seen enough from Spence in Tottenham training to even give him a go.
The full-back is a natural attacking wing-back, who is better going forward but can defend when called upon.
In some ways, he is an amalgamation of Emerson and Doherty but Conte clearly does not rate him.
Even in his small cameo against old club Forest in midweek, Spence looked an excellent option going forward.
The hope is that during the break for the World Cup, the 22-year-old gets to make a bigger impression on Conte in training.
If he does, then that will potentially save the club a small fortune in January – leaving Tottenham to strengthen other areas of the squad, namely at centre-back and adding some midfield creativity.
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