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Crystal Palace handed Spence boost


Crystal Palace‘s reported hopes of signing Djed Spence on loan from Tottenham Hotspur this month have been given a significant boost and Steve Parish should now look to bring him to Selhurst Park.

What’s the word?

According to 90min, Antonio Conte’s side are now willing to let the right-back leave on a temporary basis this month due to his lack of game time since his summer switch from Middlesbrough.

With Spurs hoping to bring in Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon before the transfer window shuts, it seems as if the 22-year-old’s chances of breaking into the first team will be even slimmer, so it makes sense that he gets a Premier League loan rather than sitting on the bench for the rest of the campaign.

It’s said that Palace, West Ham, Southampton, Bournemouth and Burnley all have an interest in the English defender, who played a starring role in Nottingham Forest‘s promotion from the Championship last season.

Parish must act

Vieira will surely be looking to strengthen at full-back this season, as Joel Ward and Nathaniel Clyne have both struggled for consistent form, with WhoScored ranking them as the ninth and 15th-best performers at Selhurst Park, with dismal 6.54 and 6.27 ratings respectively.

When Spurs spent £20m to bring in Spence during the summer of 2022, he was regarded as one of the best in his position after his phenomenal performances in the second tier for Steve Cooper’s side.



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The young defender would make 42 appearances in the Championship, contributing two goals and four assists, averaging a superb 7.05 rating from WhoScored across the campaign, way above that of both Ward and Clyne.

It demonstrates an attacking efficiency rarely seen from Vieira’s pre-prepared options at right full-back, with the aforementioned duo failing to contribute a single goal or assist this term.

Both in their 30s, perhaps a more energetic and vibrant presence on the right flank could take Palace to the next level. Certainly, words from Palace legend Ian Wright last term suggest he’d do very well at Selhurst Park.

After a win for Forest over Arsenal in the FA Cup, he said: “Let me say, that was one of the best right-back performances I have seen for a very long time. A very long time.

“If we are talking about right-backs performing at an unbelievable level, we’re talking Reece James and Trent (Alexander-Arnold).

“But I have not seen a combative, technical, swashbuckling performance like that for a very long time.”

Spence is yet to start a game for Spurs since his arrival in north London and Palace would represent an ideal loan spell in terms of geography, as well as Vieira’s obvious need for another full-back, so Parish must act now and beat other suitors to the 22-year-old’s temporary signature in the coming days.





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