Paul Robinson has claimed that Tottenham would be making a big mistake if they sold Joe Rodon this summer.
None of Tottenham’s three senior centre-backs, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez, covered themselves in glory last season, with all three players guilty of making poor mistakes at the back.
That is perhaps why Rodon was thrown in the deep end by Jose Mourinho on a couple of occasions and the youngster showed glimpses of why he was so highly rated at Swansea.
The Welsh international would be hoping to get much more game time under his belt in his second season in North London but there have been suggestions that he could be on his way out of the club.
The Sun reported earlier this month that Brighton could make a move for the 23-year-old if they lose Ben White this summer.
However, Robinson insisted that Nuno Espirito Santo should not even consider letting Rodon go as he was Tottenham’s best centre-back last season.
When asked about the speculation linking the former Swansea man with Brighton, the former Spurs number one told Football Insider: “I think that Spurs would do well to keep hold of him. He’s been their best centre-half this season.
“They’ve obviously had trouble in that position but at times when Sanchez, Dier and Alderweireld haven’t performed, the manager’s turned to Rodon and he’s done really well.
“As a youngster, I think he shows a lot of potential. He’s only just signed and there’s no reason at all for Spurs to let him go. He’s not reached anywhere near his potential yet.
“Nuno will want three centre-halves and two wing-backs. So he’s one that I’d definitely keep hold of.
“If Alderweireld and Rodon are leaving, Dier and Sanchez aren’t good enough, so suddenly you’ve got no centre-halves when you need three of them.”
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I agree with Robinson that it would not make any sense for Spurs to cash in on Rodon as he has a higher ceiling than he has shown in a Tottenham shirt so far.
However, if we do sign two or three new centre-backs and Rodon finds himself falling down the pecking order, it would not be the worst idea to send him on loan to a Premier League club.
Perhaps Spurs could use loaning the 23-year-old to Brighton as a sweetener to potentially move ahead of the competition in the race for Ben White.
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