Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has waxed lyrical about Spurs defender Joe Rodon, tipping the 23-year-old to “grow into a real player”.
Rodon joined Tottenham from Swansea at the end of the domestic summer transfer window in mid-October, in a deal reported to be £11million plus add-ons.
He made his second Premier League start as part of Spurs’ back three in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sheffield United, having made his full debut in the 0-0 draw at Chelsea in November.
The Welshman is having to bide his time at Tottenham in search of first-team minutes, but Hoddle reckons Jose Mourinho’s approach is correct.
“I think we have just got to let him settle in a little bit longer,” he wrote in the Evening Standard.
“I had not seen that much of him before but he does look like he can grow into a real player.
“He suited the back three against Sheffield United, on the right side of a three he looked comfortable and had got decent use of the ball.
“He has got a nice presence as well, he has got a nice size about him.
“You just hope he can live with the sharper . . . the Sadio Manes of the world. That will be his big test in the Premier League. But he looks like a really good young prospect.”
It’s not surprising that Rodon has to bide his time, particularly as he wasn’t eligible for the Europa League group stage and cup-tied in the League Cup, but his solid display on Sunday will have given Mourinho plenty of food for thought.
Along with Hoddle, the manager himself made clear that Rodon is a talented prospect and needs to develop, but he’s certainly on the right path and Spurs fans will enjoy seeing him progress and develop at the club.