“Hold on for 15 million pounds”

This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Terrace Talk’ series, which provides personal opinions from our expert FLW Fan Pundits on the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more. …

Joining Nottingham Forest on loan at the start of the season, Djed Spence has enjoyed an excellent campaign at The City Ground so far.

The right-back thrives under Steve Cooper and he plays a big part in their charge to the play-off positions.

Arsenal, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur emerged as interested parties during the January transfer window and it remains to be seen what is in store for the 21-year-old this summer.

Speaking to FLW about Spence and the kind of character Teessiders should expect, Middlesbrough fan specialist Dana Malt said: “With Spence I’m looking, at least for me, probably around £15m. His stock has increased significantly.

“Obviously that performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup probably caused his price to skyrocket, but I think you have to take into account that teams are looking, as I mentioned before, to create assets and pay for the potential, so probably £10m more, but if we can hold £15m I think it would be a great deal.

“We got Spence back after he left Fulham’s academy, so that would be a big draw on him.”

The verdict

While it may be difficult to see your player become an integral part of a club against which you are competing for a place in the play-off, Spence’s fate may be doing more good than harm.

Isaiah Jones has seen more consistent playing time this season thanks to the right-wing role, with the 22-year-old proving his excellence throughout the campaign so far.

Spence is also increasing his price tag with his continued success at Forest, and with the stature of clubs in pursuit, £15million is certainly a reasonable figure.

As Dana rightly points out, they should make a nice profit if they intend to sell it this summer.


Eleanor C. William