Club: West Ham United
Position: Centre Back
Date of Birth: May 24th 1990
Place of Birth: London, England
Previous Club(s): None
West Ham’s academy has been amongst the most productive in English football over the last decade. Jordan Spence has some way to go to live up to the likes of ther Ferdinand brothers who have come out of his position, but everything he’s shown to date suggests he’ll follow their glittering path.
A representative of every England level up to Under-19 so far, the well-built Spence looks every inch a classy footballer, and is a winner. He has also captained each England team, including successes in the Victory Shield and a star outing at the 2007 Under-17 World Cup, when he scored a dramatic winner against Brazil for the Three Lions’ first victory over the Seleção at any junior level. Under his leadership, the Under-18s went through the 07/08 season unbeaten.
Spence signed his first professional deal in 2006, having been at West Ham since the age of 14. He is a strong, well-built player, giving him the strength necessary to compete at centre-back. He’s extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet and appears to have no significant flaws in his game, showing decisiveness in the tackle and competence in the air. He’s now getting professional football experience out on loan and with West Ham’s problems in central defence, there’s a very good chance Jordan breaks into the senior ranks in the very near future.
Jordan joined Leyton Orient on loan in League One midway through the campaign to accelerate his progress, exposing him to regular professional football against adults. He’s dealt with this impressively, securing a place at the heart of the O’s defence, and impressing as the team looks to avoid relegation back to League Two.