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It all fell apart for Rennes in the second half, however, when former Manchester United midfielder Angel Gomes set up Edon Zhegrova for the equaliser on the hour-mark, with Spence caught up field after a misplaced pass from his team-mate.
Spence lasted 84 minutes before the manager made a triple change, but his plans came undone when former Premier League stars Remy Cabella and Andre Gomes won it late on for Lille to close the gap to two points. Still, Rennes fans flooded social media beaming about their new starlet after his eye-catching display.
And Spurs fans will surely be hoping that based on this performance, Spence will be given a second chance to fight for his place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. That could well depend on whether Conte remains at the club, with the Italian’s contract set to expire in June.
But there was plenty of promise on show to suggest Conte may have been wrong to discard him so quickly, and it may prove to be the case as the rest of the season plays out.