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Done deal: Leeds United sign Tottenham defender Djed Spence

Leeds United have completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur’s Djed Spence, with the full-back set to join the Whites on a season-long loan.

Spence – a Fulham academy product – broke onto the scene at Middlesbrough, a side where he made 70 appearances in total over a period of four years.

The most notable spell in his career to date came during the 2021/22 season, however, when Spence’s ball-carrying ability and penetrating forward runs from the right-back position played a crucial role in helping Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest side achieve promotion to the top-flight that term.

During his time at the City Ground, the full-back scored 3 and assisted 5 times, showing his attacking capabilities.

His performances for the Tricky Trees were duly noted by Tottenham, who were able to bat off opposition from Forest for Spence’s signature as the 23-year-old joined the North London side for a £20m fee last summer.

Spence’s time under then-Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte was far from ideal, with the talented right-back only making 6 substitute appearances for Spurs before being loaned out to Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in January, where he endured a similarly disappointing spell.

A Leeds statement confirming the signing read: “Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Djed Spence from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

“The full-back moves to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal, becoming the club’s sixth summer arrival.”

Spence will provide the Whites with some much-needed strength in the full-back positions, an area of the pitch where Leeds have looked weakest since the start of the current season.

The 23-year-old may make his debut in Leeds’ upcoming Championship fixture with Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who they host at Elland Road this Saturday.

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