Joe Rodon stays with Spurs despite lack of playing time
ENFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Joe Rodon of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on January 10, 2022 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Despite his lack of first team action in 2021, centre-back Joe Rodon will be staying with Tottenham Hotspur.

The 24 year-old arrived from Swansea City in October 2020 but has failed to find consistency and regular minutes under four different managers.

Rodon signed for Spurs in a £10.9 million deal until 2025.

Now, although he has not seen much action in the 2021/2022 campaign, he is determined to earn a spot in Antonio Conte's starting line-up. 

With Cristian Romero and Eric Dier returning from their respective injuries plus no European or Carabao Cup football, it will be interesting to see what minutes will he get staying with the Club. 

Spurs are still alive in the FA Cup, where they will face Brighton & Hove Albion. 

  • Season appearances 

Rodon's lone Premier League appearance this season came in the Spurs 0-3 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in September.

He has made a total of seven appearances under both Nuno Espírito Santo and Antonio Conte combined, including four starts in the UEFA Europa Conference League. 

The Welsh international last played for Tottenham in the team's FA Cup third round win against Morecambe earlier this month. 

  • Conte on Rodon

Earlier this season, the centre-back was told by the Conte he was seen as a second option behind Dier in the Spurs back line. 

"The first thing that I tried to do – and am doing – is find the right position for every player," the Italian manager said. "In every position you have a double player, and in the characteristic, I see Joe (Rodon) behind Eric (Dier) in the central position. 

"This position is a singular position. If you’re a central defender on the right or the left, you have more options to play. To be behind the central defender, you have only one option. 

"Joe has showed me really, really great commitment, a will and desire to learn and improve himself. This is good. 

"A really good example for the other players. He’s a solid player that works and knows he wants to improve and I’m satisfied for the improvement I’m seeing in the training sessions about him."

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