Spence happy to be the Blues’ Mr Versatile... but which position is his best?
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Jordan Spence is happy to use his versatility to help Ipswich Town wherever he is needed.
Although he sees himself as a full-back, the former West Ham youngster has spent spells playing at centre-half this season, filling in well at a time when the Blues have been without Luke Chambers, Adam Webster and Tommy Smith due to injury.
But, despite having also played in midfield during his younger days, the 27-year-old believes he is most at home at right back - where he faces stiff competition from Wolves loanee Dominic Iorfa.
He said: “I think that’s probably, if you were picking my a position, where I would regard as my primary one but I like to think I can play other positions as well.
“I enjoyed being at centre half but I just enjoy playing. I don’t want to get bogged down in ‘I want to be doing this, I want to be doing that’ because I actually think I’m quite a good football player.
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“Whatever position I am asked to play in I think I can do a good job.
“My versatility became useful due to the injuries to the centre halves and one would imagine it’s probably not the last time I will play there. I would rather be playing than not playing.
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“I played in a variety of positions growing up and played central midfield, centre half and then right back as I was breaking into the first team at West Ham. The idea was to move inside when certain physical components came but that never arrived. I enjoy playing right back and I like getting up and down the pitch to use my mobility.
“If I’m asked to do the other things then I’m more than capable. In the middle you play behind the ball all the time when at right back there are moments when you are ahead of it. But the fundamentals of defending stay the same.
“I think I would be selling myself short if I could only do one of them.”
Spence has, at times, seen himself dropped to the bench in favour of Iorfa, but the defender believes this strength in depth is a major plus for the Blues.
“There is competition for places in certain positions and we have all, thus far, played minutes,” he said. “We are all going to be needed, not least in the run of games coming up.
“But you won’t find a team playing at this level where you don’t have capable players. We fight tooth and nail to be out there but then support whoever is out on the pitch.
“I wouldn’t be competitive and I wouldn’t have got this far in my career if I wasn’t (disappointed at being left out) but it’s team first and then be ready. I am only a moment’s call away from being involved again.”