By Pranav Shahaney

9th Sep, 2022 | 8:20pm

View: Antonio Conte needs to take leap of faith on Tottenham Hotspur right-back Djed Spence

Antonio Conte has gone on record to say that he did not sanction a move for Tottenham Hotspur to sign Djed Spence this summer.

However, the board saw the 22-year-old as one for the future and did whatever they could to sign him from Middlesbrough.

Since joining Spurs, he has found game time hard to come by with Emerson Royal being the Italian’s go to option at right-back.

Spence’s only appearance came off the bench in the 2-0 league win over Nottingham Forest and that is not what he would’ve expected more than a month into the season.

Emerson has proven time and again that he’s suspect defensively and is not the most consistent of players going forward either.

He was even linked with the exit door but Spurs ended up keeping him and have a very good player in Spence who’s whiling away his time.

At 22, he’s at the right age to be entrusted with some first-team responsibilities and it’s for him to prove that he’s up for it.

With the fixture postponements, the calendar is going to become even more congested and with Champions League duties as well, Spurs could be playing twice a week more often than not.

This means that Conte will need to rely on his squad depth and he has to be objective and give Spence a chance to prove why he deserves the nod over Emerson.

In other Tottenham Hotspur news, youngster Dane Scarlett could use his loan to Portsmouth to launch his career.