Joe Rodon: One for the Future
Joe Rodon v Chelsea at Stamford Bridge | Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Following high praise from Wales national players Gareth Bale and Ben Davies in the summer, Tottenham decided to go ahead with a transfer for the starlet, beating Premier League rivals Manchester United to the signing.

After breaking into the first team at Swansea City and being called up for the Wales national team, Rodon gained interest from the North London club.

Since then, Rodon has made five appearances for Spurs with his full Premier League debut coming against Chelsea last November. 

During the five appearances he has contributed to one clean sheet, seven headed clearances, winning seven aerial battles and 10 clearances. 

A perfectionist centre-half

During the summer Danny Higginbotham from Sky Sports assessed the defender.

"He's obsessive about wanting to keep clean sheets, he's very self-critical and he's good on the ball but the one thing I really love when I watch him is to see that he loves defending."

At just 21, Rodon made his senior debut for Wales. Then a week before he turned 23, Rodon signed a 5-year contract with the North London team.  

His game time may be few and far between during his first season at Spurs, but he is already attracting an admirer in the form of serial winner manager Jose Mourinho

Making the switch from Championship to Premier League

After starting his second league game against Sheffield United this month, Spurs boss Mourinho highlighted Rodon's mistakes, but emphasised the importance of learning from them.

“He played well, he did many things well, a couple of things not so well, but he’s a player who of course was playing in the Championship," he said. 

“I’m happy. He did the same against Chelsea, he made a mistake that could have cost the game in the last minute, but this is the mistake a young guy coming from a different reality can make and he has to be supported like he is, and I am very pleased with his performance.” 

Rodon is hoping to play more in the second half of the season, providing he is named in Mourinho's Europa League squad ahead of the UEFA Euros in the summer.

With the Euros looming, Rodon has a great opportunity to shine and progress further with a summer of fixtures with Wales ahead of his first full season in North London.

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