WHZ View: Djed Spence is a bargain at £5m, West Ham reportedly want to sign him
West Ham have been linked with a move for Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence this summer.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the Hammers are one of few clubs keen on signing the 20-year-old.
ESPN reported a few months back that the right-back will be available for just £5million – putting him well within West Ham’s budget for this window.
Given the prices players with potential at that age go for, £5million is relatively a pittance.
He would come to the club with a high resale value and there’s a good chance we profit off his sale in the future.
Last summer, then Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho was an admirer of the player and wanted to bring him to the club. [ESPN]
Spence may have only started 20 of the 36 Championship games he played for Middlesbrough last season, but at such a young age, he’s already shown just how good a player he is and he will only get better in the coming years.
He offers a terrific attacking threat going forward – making him an ideal modern-day full-back.
Since making his league debut in 2019, he has also been used on the right wing on a number of occasions.
We’ve seen David Moyes use a back three quite extensively last season, and while Vladimir Coufal is our first choice in that position, it would be nice to have a backup to the Czech international.
Ryan Fredericks is currently serving as an understudy to Coufal, but Claret & Hugh reported last month that the club have put him for sale this summer, making it imperative to sign a replacement if we do end up selling him.
The 28-year-old also has only a more year left on his contract which makes this window the only one for us to cash in on him.
Spence’s statistics last season were not too dissimilar to Fredericks’, and the fact that he is eight years his junior means that he will improve in the future and stay at the club for a long time.
Offensively, the 20-year-old made 0.6 more dribbles per 90 minutes than the Hammers right-back and also had a go at goal more often. [WhoScored]
Even on the defensive side of things, he was dribbled past fewer times than Fredericks, won more tackles and also committed fewer fouls per match.
While they played in two different leagues, it must be noted that we dominated most games and finished sixth while Middlesbrough lingered around mid table all season.
We should take a punt on Spence and cash in on Fredericks this summer as it will help bring down the average age of the side and ensure that we’re taking steps in the right direction to build for the future.
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