Ok so we have signed O'Brien and appear to have landed J Lloyd Samuel but I am struggling to get my head around suggestions that Spence is being loaned out to Bristol City again. Never mind the cover for the full back positions, who is going to play centre back if we have a couple of injuries or suspensions?
Correct me if I am wrong but, as things stand, we are already threadbare at the back. There are three players - Faye, Tomkins and Reid - covering two centre back positions and, without Spence, just four players covering the two full back positions, and of those, neither Faubert nor O'Brien are specialists.
Given he can play at centre back or right back, Spence appears to offer the ideal "utility cover" we need and, based on his performances at Bristol City last season and the fact they want him back, is clearly capable of doing a job in the Championship.
Unless we have another couple of players coming in, this is a very odd decision indeed in my book as it leaves us too exposed at the back with a danger that we are going to be left with our arses hanging out.