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Wolves: Djed Spence is a Semedo upgrade

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Wolverhampton Wanderers have enjoyed an excellent January transfer window so far, bringing in players such as Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Cunha, with Joao Gomes soon set to join them, whilst allowing Goncalo Guedes to leave on loan following an underwhelming first half of the season, scoring just twice in 18 games.

Julen Lopetegui might be keen on another one or two last-minute deals, especially with the Old Gold requiring at least one defender, and this could prompt the Spaniard into action yet again.

The right-back area has been a particular problem this season, with Nelson Semedo underperforming on a regular basis, and this may be a position that the manager looks to strengthen before the transfer deadline tomorrow night.

Wolves have been linked with Tottenham Hotspur right-back Djed Spence this month according to The Mirror (08/01, page 77; via Molineux News), and they may have a glimmer of hope when it comes to potentially securing a move for the young defender.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT regarding the 22-year-old, Dean Jones claimed that the Spurs ace simply has to secure a loan move away from north London before the deadline.

The transfer insider said: “I know that there are three or four other clubs that are interested in that. Djed Spence, almost certainly, has to move.”

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Wolves could certainly bolster their squad by sealing a loan move for Spence, who would surely gain substantially more game-time with Lopetegui than he has done under Antonio Conte this term.

The 22-year-old has played a grand total of four matches in the Premier League this season (all as a late substitute), failing to climb the pecking order at Spurs, and the £25k-per-week gem needs a move to prevent his career from stagnating.

Dubbed a “Rolls-Royce” by Martin Keown for his performances in the Championship with Nottingham Forest last season, the right-back played an integral part in their promotion to the Premier League.

Across 42 appearances for Forest, he registered seven goal contributions during his loan spell while making one key pass per game, creating six big chances and taking 0.6 shots per match, underlining his attacking threat from a right-back role.

Compare this to Semedo’s statistics from last season and it’s clear that Spence could be a much better option for Lopetegui on the right of the Wolves defence. The 29-year-old Portugal full-back managed just one goal contribution in 25 appearances and created only one big chance, averaging 0.7 key passes per match.

Spence could be a cheap option on a loan deal who would do a solid job until the summer, when Lopetegui could comprehensively explore the market and bring in a long-term solution at right-back. With the Spurs player seemingly needing to secure a move, Wolves could swoop in with a late offer and end their transfer window with a bang in the process.

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