Tottenham Hotspur newcomer Joe Rodon may have struggled for game time so far but he’s certainly making an impression on Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, according to Football London.
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 Football London, Rodon has been impressing Mourinho in training, putting him firmly in contention for more first-team minutes.
Rodon shone during the last international break, playing in all three games for his country and even taking the captain’s armband in their final game of the year.
Against the United States, the Dragons centre-back came on as a substitute and helped keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.
Rodon then played the full 90 minutes against the Republic of Ireland and was instrumental in securing a second successive shutout as the Euro 2016 semi-finalists ran out 1-0 winners.
While the Tottenham newcomer may have not been able to make it a hat-trick of clean sheets against Finland, he nonetheless helped Wales to a 3-1 victory with yet another strong display.
Mourinho has succeeded in finding a defensive combination that works, with Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier impressing as a centre-back pairing, plus Sergio Reguilon on the left and either Matt Doherty or Serge Aurier on the right.
It’s not surprising that Rodon has to bide his time, particularly as he isn’t eligible for the Europa League group stage, but with Alderweireld potentially set for a spell on the sidelines, the Welshman’s chances of getting Premier League starts has gone right up.