ITALIAN MEDIA REACT TO DJED SPENCE’S GENOA DEBUT AFTER TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR EXIT

Tottenham Hotspur right back Djed Spence has made his debut for Genoa, helping them beat Salernitana 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham pulled off a huge deal earlier this month by luring Genoa defender Radu Dragusin to North London.

Spurs managed to fend off a hijack attempt from Bayern Munich, pulling off a major coup in the process.

Dragusin appears to have a huge future ahead of him and Tottenham will be ecstatic to have beaten one of Europe’s superpowers to his signature.

Tottenham were able to sweeten the deal by sending right back Djed Spence on loan to Genoa, allowing him to move in the opposite direction.

Spence’s loan spell at Leeds United was cut short earlier in January and he has now moved on to Italy in an attempt to get his career back on track.

Italian media react to Djed Spence display for Genoa
We know Spence as a right wing back but he actually lineup on the left side for Genoa against Salernitana on Sunday.

The 23-year-old was thrown into the starting lineup by Alberto Gilardino and played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 Genoa victory.

Genoa went 1-0 down early on but Spence and co rallied, coming from behind to secure all three points on the road.

Tuttomercatoweb have given Spence a 6.5 rating out of 10, suggesting that he clearly needed to adjust to a new experience in Italian football.

They noted that Spence grew into the game as it went on and turned in a decent performance to help Genoa win.

“The reality is certainly new and needed a physiological acclimatisation. The wing is not his but little by little he begins to gain confidence by showing himself regularly towards the end,” they wrote.

Eurosport also went with a 6.5 rating, backing up that Spence improved in the second half.

Good debut for the winger from Tottenham. In the first half he doesn’t find the space for his runs, he raises the engine speed in the second 45 minutes.”

Pianeta Genoa 1893 gave Spence a 6/10 rating, suggesting that he was solid if unspectacular but showed a positive attitude on his dbeut.

“He doesn’t make superlative plays, other than the advance on Candreva when he shoots: he alternates positioning on the flanks, his personality seems to be the right one.”

This encouraging start is what Tottenham want to hear.

Spence joined Tottenham from Middlesbrough in a £20million deal back in 2022 but barely featured under Antonio Conte.

Spence went on loan to Rennes before managing just five league starts for Leeds, which resulted in him being sent back to Tottenham.

Spurs really need Spence to recapture his best form, making himself more appealing on the transfer market and helping recoup some of their outlay.

Spence appears to have no future under Ange Postecoglou, so trying to get him into form elsewhere seems like the best approach.

Tottenham really need this move to work though; this is Spence’s third loan move away from Spurs and permanent interest needs to build ahead of the summer transfer window.

Spurs surely won’t get their £20million back but every little help and a strong spell at Genoa would surely help Tottenham bring in some cash this summer.