Fabio Paratici has given the reason for Djed Spence lack of game time for the club so far this season.
Spence, 21, joined Tottenham from Middlesbrough this summer after a breakthrough season on loan at Nottingham Forest. With Emerson and Doherty as the club right wing backs, the 22-year-old is expected to battle it out for a place in the starting eleven. But, Spence has made just one appearance this season, coming in as a substitute, with Emerson Royal the Spurs preferred option at right wing-back.
Two weeks ago, Antonio Conte praised the England Under-21 international for his attitude in training since arriving at the club but he admitted that the youngster needs time to adapt to the demands of top-flight football.
“To play in the Championship with Nottingham Forest and then with Tottenham, he needs time to adapt himself in many aspects. With a young player, it’s important to have patience, to work and then to improve.” Conte said.
Paratici has now echoed the same sentiments, stating that Spence, along with the likes of Pape Matar Sarr, are not ready to be thrown in at the deep end.
When asked about the right-back, Tottenham’s managing director of football told Spurs TV: “If we sign a player it’s because we believe in these players.
“Destiny will stay in Udinese one more year and the others; Sarr, Spence and even don’t forget Bryan Gil because he’s really young.
“People forget sometimes that Sessegnon, Emerson, Romero and Kulusevski are just 21 or 22, so I think this group of players, some are more ready and lucky enough to play in more matches before at the beginning of their career and some are less ready because they arrive for example Spence from the Championship, Sarr from Metz, so it is more difficult for them.”
Tottenham are due to travel to Portugal to face Sporting CP on Tuesday in the 5.45pm kick-off.