According to The Northern Echo, Newcastle are considering a January move for Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence, as Mike Ashley looks to revert to his former policy of signing young players with potential sell-on value.
Ashley allowed Steve Bruce to stray away from that policy during the summer, where the Magpies boss opted to bring some more experienced names such as Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick to St James’ Park.
However, Newcastle’s recruitment team have been searching for some possible long-term options, with Spence a player whose name has been mentioned as a potential signing.
The 20-year-old appears to have a lot of potential.
Spence broke into the Boro first-team last term under ex-Newcastle man Jonathan Woodgate’s tutelage, making 22 Championship appearances.
He has made nine appearances in all competitions for Middlesbrough so far this season, scoring once, while his manager Neil Warnock has boldly compared him to some of the best players in his position.
As quoted by ESPN, Warnock said: ‘If you look at one or two of the full-backs that are around now — the lad at Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and the lad at Manchester United from Palace [Aaron Wan-Bissaka] – they are all the same type as Djed.’
ESPN also mention that Tottenham and West Ham were interested in the London-born prospect back in the summer, so it’s evident that Spence is doing something right to attract Premier League clubs to his qualities.
By all accounts, the Boro prodigy would be an excellent addition to Bruce’s ranks.