Djed Spence’s season-long loan from Tottenham to Leeds United was an unmitigated disaster. The right-back, who showed so much promise during a spell at Nottingham Forest in 2021/22, has since been shipped off to Genoa for the rest of the campaign after pushing Leeds boss Daniel Farke to the end of his tether.
Leeds thought they had bagged themselves a superb deal by agreeing to take Spence on loan during the summer. The 23-year-old was exceptional during Forest’s promotion campaign, earning himself a £20million move to Spurs.
It didn’t quite pan out as expected, however, as Spence made only seven Championship appearances without notching a goal or an assist. According to The Athletic, Farke quickly became unimpressed with the loanee’s attitude and punctuality.
And it was when the Leeds boss called a meeting with Spence to discuss his loan deal being cut short that the ultimate moment of irony struck – as the player reportedly turned up late.
That naturally will have convinced Farke that he was making the right call, with Spence sent back to north London and leaving the Whites to hunt down automatic promotion. Leeds ended up bringing in Connor Roberts on deadline day to bolster their options at right-back.
Spence, meanwhile, was shipped off to Serie A. And early signs for the ex-Middlesbrough ace are positive, starting two matches out of two as Genoa notched wins over Salernitana and Lecce.
Whether they can shift Spence from the wage bill remains to be seen. Farke was tight-lipped about the former England youth international when asked about his loan being cut short last month.
“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,” said the German. “But yeah, sometimes you need to take a decision. I don’t want to talk too much about Djed right now, because he’s meanwhile also back at Tottenham.”