Gareth Bale: Joe Rodon should be playing more for Tottenham Hotspur
The Welsh defender has shown plenty of promise, especially while on duty with the Wales national team – playing a monumental role in the Red Dragons’ first World Cup qualification in 64 years.
Then only 22, Rodon signed for the North London club in 2020, joining from Swansea City for £11 million on a five-year contract. Now 24, the promising centre-back has struggled for first team opportunities under Antonio Conte and his Portuguese predecessors – Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espírito Santo, too.
Bale, who spent the 2019 season on loan at Spurs, had the brief chance to link up with Rodon outside the national team camp. The Wales captain knows the centre-back very well and is very aware of what he can bring, based on his contribution and performances for the Wales team. He said,
“For me personally, I feel like he should be playing at Tottenham. I think he’s shown time and time again how good he is, I think personally when I was there last year, I felt he deserved to be playing
“I don’t feel like he’s really had the opportunity to play a consistent run of games at Tottenham and I feel like if he did, he would be fantastic for them.”
Should Rodon stay on at Spurs?
A resurgence in Eric Dier’s form and the arrival of Christian Romero haven’t made things any easier for the Welshman. With Fabio Paratici and co. lining up top defensive targets, specifically someone who can play “on the left of a three”, Rodon’s fortunes don’t look likely to change at Spurs anytime soon.
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He may benefit from a loan move away, or even a permanent transfer if Spurs can recoup the amount they paid for him. With Wales’ historic World Cup campaign on the horizon, the defender needs regular club football. However, it is very unlikely he will achieve that at Spurs next season.