When Harambee Stars prospect could make debut for Genoa after sealing loan move from Tottenham


STARS ABROAD When Harambee Stars prospect could make debut for Genoa after sealing loan move from Tottenham

Mark Kinyanjui 21:08 - 18.01.2024

Tottenham sent the Kenyan prospect to Serie A side Genoa after featuring for Leeds United in the first half of the season.

Harambee Stars prospect Djed Spence  could make his debut for Genoa on 21st January this year after completing the move on loan from parent club Tottenham Hotspur last week.

Genoa will be facing Salerintana away from home as they seek to continue their quest to stay up after winning promotion back to Italy's top flight last season.

Spence  headed to Italy as part of the deal that brought Radu Dragusin to north London as the club seeks to find the right environment for him to finally start living up to the potential he showed while as a loan player at Nottingham Forest.

Saturday's 0-0 home draw for the Ligurian club against Torino came too soon for the 23-year-old to play a part in the matchday squad.

Genoa boss Alberto Gilardino said on Spence ahead of that game: "He didn’t do much yesterday and it’s normal when you join a new club.

"We have scheduled a training session on the pitch for him. He wants to give his contribution to the team. For his characteristics, he is a wing-back, we’ll assess his condition and he can be helpful."

Spence is born to a Jamaican father and a Kenyan mother but was raised in London.

Spence has played six times for Tottenham since sealing a £12.5million transfer from Middlesbrough in 2022 and never started a competitive fixture. 

It suited Tottenham to use him in the deal for Dragusin, with Bayern Munich pressing for an agreement with Genoa themselves.

How well this loan works for Spence remains to be seen. Genoa tend to play three at the back, creating scope for Spence to operate as a full-blown wing-back, perhaps the role that suits him best. 

They have been steady in Serie A having won promotion last season, and Spence, if he finds form, could add a dash of panache to their displays. 

But it is 18 months now since he was named in the Championship’s team of the year, and 18 months since he was on a roll. He will be hoping he can finally make his third loan spell away from the club work, after also playing in France for Rennes last season.

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