Joe Rodon to keep his place in Tottenham squad
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Miguel Almiron of Newcastle United is challenged by Joe Rodon of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on April 04, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Defender Joe Rodon has started his first back-to-back games for his new club Tottenham Hotspur and his recent performances already show his potential.

Rodon joined Tottenham in the summer from Swansea City and he has not had the easiest time in recent months.

When he first joined, the Welshman was expected to be more a player for the future, but he is already beginning to show why he should be a regular in the first team.

The Wales national player recently played and captained his country during the international break, before returning to his parent club to keep his place in the squad against Newcastle United.

Hero Defending

The defender impressed when playing for Wales, making an incredible late block to earn his team a massive three points against Czech Republic.

With Spurs struggling in defence, manager Jose Mourinho has been regularly changing the back line, with Rodon making an occasional appearance.

But more recently, both before and after the international break, Rodon has maintained his place in the starting lineup to show what he is capable of.

The defender made his full debut against Chelsea in November and managed a clean sheet against Spurs’ London rivals but since then his game time has been few and far between.

With Spurs playing Manchester United this weekend, they will need a big performance to get the win and push forward for a top four finish.

After the disappointing run of results the last few weeks, against Arsenal and Newcastle in the league and Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League, Spurs need to continue pushing good performances to end the season on a high.

Run of defensive problems

Mourinho is still having problems with individual defensive errors or the team conceding late goals and as he hosts one of his former clubs this weekend, the last thing he will want is another humiliation.

With Rodon already captaining his country, he has the capability to lead and control a team at just 23-years-old.

Spurs are currently 6th in the League, just behind London teams Chelsea and West Ham United, Rodon needs to keep his place in the starting line-up.

It is imperative the Lilywhites push for the top four position this season and earn a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

A strong push is needed and to do that Mourinho needs to maintain a similar defensive team in the remaining games

Keeping Rodon and fellow youngster Japhet Tanganga in the team will help create consistency and if both players stay fit, will massively help Spurs push for top four.