Bale tips Rodon to become one of the best defenders in the Premier League for Tottenham
Gareth Bale has waxed lyrical about Tottenham Hotspur defender Joe Rodon.
Speaking in an interview, the Real Madrid man claimed the youngster can become one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Rodon joined Spurs from Welsh outfit Swansea City for just £11m in last summer’s transfer window.
He was building up quite the reputation under former manager Jose Mourinho. However, upon his sacking and Ryan Mason’s arrival, he dropped out of the team.
All in all, the Wales international made 12 appearances in his debut Premier League season.
However, despite his lack of minutes, he seems to have settled in well at north London. The ace has formed a friendship group called ‘The Welsh Mafia’ with fellow countrymen Bale and Ben Davies.
When talking about Rodon, Bale said: “He has come on leaps and bounds this season, made such a progression in his football, he has got better and better and looks like a real strong defender, sharp, and he is looking better and better. He will be one of the top defenders in the Premier League in years to come.”
TBR View: Progression needs to quicken for Rodon
Looking at the vast majority of imports into the Premier League at centre-half there seems to be a trend.
The majority of them are incredibly young and have already garnered experience at a top level.
William Saliba was just 18 when he signed for Arsenal from Saint-Etienne for £27m. Meanwhile, the Gunners completed the signing of 22-year-old Gabriel Magalhaes after his impressive season with Lille.
And Liverpool have agreed a deal for Ibrahima Konate, 20, from Red Bull Leipzig.
The rate at which defenders progress amongst European leagues seems to be incredibly quick. It leaves questions over Rodon and whether he’s actually at the level required for Tottenham
At 23-years-old, Rodon should already be a recognised first-team starter, if you go by other defensive talents.
Spurs’ lack of trust in him at his age may well be a cautious approach to his development. But, with others across Europe progressing at a quicker pace, you wonder if the Lilywhites are better served buying another player.
Despite praise from Bale, Rodon needs to quicken up his progress from young talent to regular starter, especially with Tottenham struggling in defence.