Tottenham insider John Wenham believes defender Joe Rodon could seal a north London exit in the final days on the January window, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Rodon under Conte
Rodon is one of five senior centre-backs on the books in north London but has hardly featured under Antonio Conte.
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The 24-year-old has made just one appearance under the Italian, coming against Morecambe in the FA Cup earlier this month. He’s been a regular in Conte’s Premier League matchday squads but hasn’t managed to make a cameo off the bench.
Leeds were name-checked with an interest in Rodon ahead of the January window, with reports suggesting that Spurs were likely to give the green light to a temporary exit. However, Alasdair Gold recently admitted that Spurs are yet to receive any official offers for the Wales international.
The Latest: Wenham’s comments
Wenham was talking to Football Insider regarding Rodon and a possible exit this month.
Here’s what he had to say, labelling it a ‘surprise’ that no offers have come in but backing Rodon to seal an exit ‘in the last days of the window’.
“It is a surprise there have been no offers.
“He might not have played much this season but he did really well at the Euros, clubs must know how good he is.
“A lot of clubs should be looking for a centre-back with plenty of Premier League experience, is capable of playing in a two or three at the back and a full international.
“It does surprise me that it has been reported there have been no offers. I think this is one of those things that might ramp up in the last days of the window.
“Maybe it’s one where clubs will look to sign him after they have been snubbed by their preferred targets.
“I still expect him to leave.”
The Verdict: Will Conte need him?
If Rodon doesn’t seal a Spurs exit before the end of the month, it may not be the end of the world for Conte. That’s because the Spurs boss could be down to the bare bones at the back with Cristian Romero and Eric Dier injured and Japhet Tanganga linked with a move to AC Milan.
Should the latter of the three depart and no defensive reinforcements arrive, Rodon would be one of two fit centre-backs available, meaning the Italian may be forced to use him over the coming weeks.
Things could change between now and the end of the month of course, so the Welshman’s future could be one to keep an eye on.
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