Things to Know About Wales International Joe Rodon

06 October 2020 03:30

Despite the transfer window slamming shut on 5 October for overseas deals, Premier League and EFL clubs still have the chance to conduct business with one another until 16 October, meaning there's bound to be some big last-ditch transfers.

Tottenham are still in the market for a defender to complete an almost perfect transfer window, and while they've already signed the best Welsh player around in Gareth Bale, one Welshman coming to north London isn't enough for them, it seems.

That's because Swansea City's Joe Rodon is on the radar, though he might not be known to everyone. Don't worry if that's the case, 90min has got you covered.


Wanted by Spurs

Despite a rather impressive summer of spending, Spurs haven't finished just yet - having missed out on signing a centre back in the overseas market.

Their interest in Milan Skriniar failed to materialise and a move for Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger is also dead in the water. As a result, Jose Mourinho's side have turned their attention to Rodon, with the BBC reporting that Swansea are expecting a bid from the Lilywhites.

A move for Rodon would provide youth and progression to a revitalised Tottenham backline, complimenting the signing of left back Sergio Reguilon. If they can get it done, Rodon would make it a perfect window for the club.


Style of Play

Rodon is the perfect blend of the modern centre back with the frame of an imposing, old school defender. Standing at 6'4" he's physically dominant and subsequently strong in aerial duels, but also reads the game supremely well.

This reading of the game, combined with a strong technical ability, makes him a competent passer of the ball and a vital asset to starting plays for Swansea. He's confident with the ball at his feet and capable of bringing the ball out to find the right pass at short or long range.

Of course the natural step up to the English top flight wouldn't allow him to hit the ground running and look like a prime Paolo Maldini, but there's serious potential in the 22-year-old - a key reason why's he been linked with most of the top six. If Spurs can be the ones to complete a deal, it's a statement signing.


Swansea Fan, Swansea Regular

Rodon is Swansea City through and through.

He was a season ticker holder in his youth and joined the club as a footballer aged just eight, and has been there ever since (via a loan to Cheltenham in 2018). He signed his first professional contract with the club in 2015 and has since become one of the first names on the team sheet.

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