When the season started, there might have been some hope that Ange Postecoglou could get the best out of Djed Spence, whom Tottenham spent close to €15m on in 2022.

That wasn’t to be, however, as the 23-year-old, who had just returned from a loan at Rennes in France, was sent to Leeds for the season.

He had that cancelled in January, when he was then sent to Genoa as part of the Radu Dragusin deal, and the Tottenham loanee has since sat down for an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

Telling him that he was the first Englishman to play for the Serie A side in 103 years, the newspaper were also intrigued as to why things haven’t worked out with Spurs to date.

He said: “This is football. I couldn’t explain the reasons. What is certain is that when you don’t play, it’s difficult to demonstrate your value. There is no point in asking too many questions.

“But I believe that even in difficulties, there is always something to learn. Whoever the manager is, he makes you richer inside.”

This encompassed both Antonio Conte and Ange Postecoglou, with neither seemingly feeling the right-back was ready to impress at Tottenham.

With Spence now at Genoa with an option to buy, there is also a chance he never returns to Spurs if the Serie A side decide he has impressed enough.