Tottenham Hotspur defender Joe Rodon has had to bide his time for first-team minutes but they could soon be on the horizon.
The 23-year-old joined Tottenham from Swansea at the end of the domestic transfer window in mid-October, in a deal reported to be £11million plus add-ons.
Although Rodon’s arrival came too late to make the club’s Europa League squad, he has been included in Spurs’ 25-man Premier League squad.
To date, the Wales international has made just two appearances for Tottenham, coming off the bench against Burnley and Manchester City for just over 10 minutes of football.
According to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho has been “very impressed” with Rodon’s performances in training and is looking to give him his first start this weekend, against Chelsea.
The outlet also suggests that Rodon’s instinctive understanding of where he needs to be on the pitch, similar to how Rio Ferdinand played, is a trait Mourinho is really keen on.
Davinson Sanchez’s form hasn’t been the best lately, while Toby Alderweireld is estimated to be out for two to four weeks with a muscular issue.
With all the above in mind, Rodon certainly deserves a run in the first team alongside Eric Dier in Premier League fixtures, with Sanchez filling in on Thursday nights.
And while he may be new to the Premier League, his four caps for Wales, plus being handed the captaincy by Gareth Bale late on in their last game, suggests he’ll be just fine with top-level action.