Tottenham have reportedly transfer listed Djed Spence after Leeds United prematurely terminated the 23-year-old’s loan spell at Elland Road. Spence was expected to remain with the Championship club until the end of the season but he has since returned to north London after the Whites opted to cut ties.
Spurs were informed on Thursday that Leeds would be sending Spence back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with immediate effect after only making seven appearances for the club in all competitions this season. Tottenham chiefs were said to be shocked by the news but the writing was seemingly on the wall after he fell behind 17-year-old Archie Gray in the pecking order at right back.
The exact reason for Spence’s loan termination has not been disclosed but Leeds boss Daniel Farke hinted that it may have had something to do with the player’s attitude.
“I don’t want to talk too much about Djed right now, because he’s meanwhile also back at Tottenham, I totally respect that he’s their player,” said Farke. “Listen, in the summer we came here in order to create and to bring new values and to create a new culture within the club and when we speak about a player if he’s on here on a permanent or a loan deal, we have expectations and these expectations are in several topics important.
“Obviously, it’s important, the potential and the quality of the player but also it’s professionalism, it’s discipline, it’s workload on and off the pitch and also the soft skills, so also if he’s positive and committed, good for the group and engaged with these topics, paint then more or less a picture.
“And we decided okay, this is the player we want in our group and want to represent Leeds United, our demands are very, very high and we don’t differ between loan players, permanent players so we are pretty picky in this topic.
“We came to the conclusion that we will end the loan for Djed and he will return back to Tottenham. We are grateful for his time here. He’s a player of great potential and also a cool guy with a really good heart so we really wish him all the best. But yes, sometimes you need to take a decision then you have to do this.”
According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are now looking to move Spence out on a permanent deal in January. The club are said to hold similar reservations with regards to Spence’s attitude, particularly his time-keeping.
Tottenham signed Spence from Nottingham Forest in July 2022 for £20million. He has spent the majority of his time with Spurs out on loan at Rennes last season and Leeds during the current campaign. Spence picked up a few appearances for his parent club during the 2022/2023 season but only played 41 minutes across six games.