Dundee boss Neil McCann has hailed the impact of Lewis Spence, saying he’s embraced the responsibility of being the “main man” in his midfield.
The 22-year-old former Dunfermline man was the Dens gaffer’s first signing last summer, snapped up under the noses of then-Championship side Brechin City.
And despite missing large chunks of last season with injury, Neil is delighted to see Spence make the step up to the top flight so well.
“Spence has been terrific since he’s come in,” he said.
“I think he’s really enjoyed the responsibility of being in there and because we’re playing with a bit of control in front of the back four, it’s his natural game.
“He’s been great.
“I always knew what Spence was capable of – it was about getting him to believe it.
“He’s a winner but he’s jumped levels to come into the Premiership last summer and I thought he had some exceptional performances.
“This year he has come back pre-season and has been given an opportunity in there to be the main man in front of the back four because Glen Kamara generally stole a lot of the limelight in that position last year.
“Spence has gone in there and done really well.
“We’ve been strong in the middle of the park, other areas we clearly need to add to.”
There was a worry Spence would be ruled out for today’s League Cup last-16 clash with Ayr United after picking up a knock on his ankle last week.
However, he has declared himself fit for action (see left) and is expected to retain his place today against the Honest Men.