According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur defender Joe Rodon is now said to be pushing for an exit from the club as the summer exodus begins.
The Lowdown: Free to leave
The Welshman was already on the periphery of first-team action under the management of Nuno Espirito Santo, and that situation hasn’t altered any since Antonio Conte arrived back in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old still has three years remaining on his contract in north London, but this lack of game time has seen him linked with a move away from the capital, with Football Insider reporting that the Lilywhites have told the centre-back that he is free to leave this window.
Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Wolves are all said to have expressed an interest in the 6 foot 3 giant, and it sounds like he is very much willing to listen to offers.
The Latest: Rodon wants out
In an article published by the Evening Standard, which covered Steven Bergwijn’s pending move to Ajax, it’s claimed that Rodon is ‘pushing’ for a Tottenham exit as a result of being ‘desperate’ to play regular football.
The source further states that he would be ‘open’ to the idea of a loan deal due to his World Cup aspirations with Wales later this year.
The Verdict: Right decision to go
Conte has already started his player clear-out as he continues to build his new-look squad, with Bergwijn the first big name to leave Spurs, and Rodon could be next to follow in his footsteps, whether it be on a temporary or permanent basis.
The 27-cap international, praised for a ‘colossal’ display by BBC correspondent Rob Phillips, has only made two top-flight appearances under the Italian since November, so a move away could be the best option for both parties.
If Rodon wants to play a significant role for Wales under Rob Page in Qatar, it’s important that he gets some much-needed minutes under his belt, and that’s only likely to happen if he takes the leap and departs Hotspur Way.
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