Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Spurs have been impressed with new signing Joe Rodon so far but that he needs to continue his showings in training to earn regular starts.
Rodon arrived at Tottenham on the final day of the domestic transfer window from Swansea City with the defender having completed an initial £11 million move. Mourinho had been looking to add to his defensive options and after missing out on Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger decided to bring in the 23-year-old.
Mourinho still searching for right balance in defence
So far this campaign Tottenham have deployed all of Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies at the heart of their defence . That has seen them lack stability at the back at times, which was most notably highlighted in their 3-3 draw against West Ham.
Rodon’s arrival has boosted Spurs’ options at the heart of their defence and the Wales international arrived with confidence high after enjoying an impressive season at Swansea last term. The 23-year-old averaged 5.4 clearances per game and 1.6 interceptions, as well as maintaining an impressive 82% passing accuracy (Sofascore).
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mourinho suggested that Rodon has been an impressive figure around the club since he arrived from Swansea. While he also hinted that the Welshman has more work to do on the training ground before being ready to come straight into the side.
He said: “You look to our squad and incredible quality and numbers and options from midfield to attack and we are trying to find solutions and we are trying to be organised.
“Thursday for example Ben Davies played, I think, for the first time as a centre-back in a back four because before it was in a back five.
“Joe Rodon, we just love his potential, his mentality. He needs to work to get there. Matt Doherty has just arrived and he is also adapting. [Sergio] Reguilon, of course, is, especially going forward, an incredible player. He needs also to adapt to the defensive demands of the Premier League. It’s a process.”
Rodon could prove to be a huge bargain
Mourinho is not a manager with a glowing reputation for developing young talent. However, during his time in charge of Spurs he has already shown willingness to trust promising young players – Japhet Tanganga perhaps the best example. Rodon has been likened to both Rio Ferdinand and John Terry by Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe in the past, which shows the potential he has.
The 23-year-old seems to already be pushing Mourinho to consider putting him in the side, and he was trusted to come off the bench against Burnley. Rodon is still inexperienced especially at Premier League level, so he needs time to prove he can overtake Spurs’ current centre-back options. If he can do then he could certainly prove to be a fantastic coup for the club.
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