Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has heaped praise on new Tottenham Hotspur signing Joe Rodon for the way he conducted himself on domestic transfer deadline day.
The Wales international completed a move to north London on Friday, after first becoming linked to the club on international transfer deadline day.
Sky Sports have reported the transfer has cost the club an initial £11 million, and that it could rise to £15 million with add-ons.
In the end, Rodon’s move went through pretty smoothly, and the 22-year-old has been hailed by Cooper for the way he handled Spurs’ approach for him.
Breaking his silence on the transfer, Cooper said (Wales Online): “Joe left, and I have to tell you, he was excellent in the last few days. He came to see me straight after coming back from Wales to let me know that, of course, he would be interested in a move to Tottenham.
“But he was also very clear to tell me that if it didn’t happen, he would be even more committed than what he already is if he didn’t go. I think it’s important that people know that.
“There was no banging down the door saying ‘I want to leave, this is my opportunity’.
“He was very clear to say how proud he was to play for Swansea and if that continued, then he would be even better than he was before, and credit to him for that, because that’s not always the case.”
TBR’s View – Rodon’s exemplary conduct is telling
Not only have Spurs landed a highly rated player from the Championship with great potential, but they also appear to have signed a fantastic professional.
It would perhaps have been quite easy for things to get messy with Rodon and Swansea, given the nature of Spurs’ late approach for the player.
But it can be taken from Cooper’s comments that Rodon went about the situation fantastically.
It is a testament to the youngster’s mentality that he would still have given his all for Swansea and not let his head turn.
Surely that kind of professionalism will be to Tottenham’s benefit.