Tottenham Hotspur: Jose Mourinho confirms Joe Rodon will play against Brighton on Sunday
Speaking to the press (via football.london) after Tottenham suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that rarely-seen Spurs summer signing Joe Rodon will play against Brighton on Sunday after he started in a back three on Thursday evening.
Rodon was handed a rare start for Spurs in the Premier League against Liverpool and managed to impress the Lilywhites boss with his performance, so much so that Mourinho called him ‘brave’ and ‘not a coward’.
Having started just three matches for Tottenham this season, playing a meagre 281 minutes in total (WhoScored), the defender now looks set to be handed another chance after a noteworthy display against the Reds.
Mourinho confirms Rodon will play against Brighton
“Next game he plays for sure. He showed good personality, good concentration, was good on the ball,” explained the Tottenham boss (via football.london).
“First half building well and going for duels. Not a coward for not to assume the duels, a brave boy to go for every duel, even against difficult opponents like they are.
“For me his performance was very, very good, very solid. He made one mistake. Unlucky that it leads to their third goal, the goal that basically kills the game.
“When I have a player who makes one mistake, it doesn’t matter how big the mistake was, but completely out of the context of a very good, solid performance I only have to support the player and protect the player and the best way to do that is to play the next game for sure.”
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When given the call on rare Premier League occasions this season, he has debatably grabbed every chance with both hands, evident by Paul Robinson’s praise of Rodon back in November.
The pundit, in an interview with Football Insider, called him ‘outstanding‘ after Rodon featured against Chelsea – with Mourinho now giving him another opportunity to stake his claim as a Spurs star for the future.
Time will tell whether he lives up to his potential, but the boss has confirmed he will get another shot against Brighton at the weekend.
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