Jose Mourinho has insisted that he was very happy with Joe Rodon’s performance in Tottenham Hotspur’s draw on Sunday, and suggested that Eric Dier made more mistakes alongside him at Stamford Bridge – in comments reported by Football London.
Spurs went back to the top of the Premier League after taking a point from their game with Chelsea. It looked set to be a tough test for Rodon, who was making his full debut for Tottenham.
Ultimately however, the Wales international looked impressive. He did make a couple of errors. But he certainly did not look out of place in such an important game.
And following the goalless draw, Mourinho was full of praise for the 23-year-old. Interestingly, he compared his display with his centre-back partner to illustrate his delight.
“I’m very happy with Joe, very happy with the profile, and to be with my amazing coaching staff – Joao [Sacramento], Ledley [King], all these guys – coaching and teaching these guys, and working with Joe has been a pleasure,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“I just feel sorry he can’t play in the Europa League because it would be a great level of experience for him, and I believe the biggest game he played before this one was Championship play-offs and a Wales national team match, so I’m very pleased that he could come here and for 90 minutes he made one mistake.
“Dier made more mistakes than him, especially in ball possession, so I’m very happy with my team, very happy with my guys, very happy with this mentality.”
TBR View: Mourinho intending to lift Rodon rather than criticise Dier
Mourinho’s intention was seemingly not to criticise Dier. The England international – who earns around £72,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – has been superb in recent weeks, with his partnership with Toby Alderweireld looking seriously impressive.
Instead, it would appear that the Spurs boss is looking to hand Rodon a boost. The youngster will be aware that there were things that he will need to do better.
However, overall, it looked to be a strong full debut for the summer signing.