‘It’s a concern’ – National manager hints Spurs player should go out on loan

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Wales manager Robert Page has expressed his concern for Joe Rodon at Tottenham and even hinted that he should go out on loan to gain consistent minutes. 

Rodon, 23, who joined the club from Swansea City in October 2020, has only managed to play a bit-part role during his short career in North London. 

He managed just eight starts in the Premier League last season and ended up falling out of favour with interim manager Ryan Mason at the back end of the campaign, tallying just one minute of action during his tenure.  

That didn’t hamper Rodon’s chances at Euro 2020, though, as he went on to play every minute of Wales’ tournament which ended at the Round of 16 stage.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much improvement for him at Spurs this season under Nuno Espirito Santo, as he has played 78 minutes of league action and notched two starts in the Europa Conference League. 

Rodon’s lack of playing time has caught the attention of Page, who feels the centre-back’s sharpness could be affected ahead of important World Cup qualifiers. He also hinted that Spurs should consider loaning him out if he isn’t getting an adequate number of minutes. 

Speaking in his pre-international break press conference, he said: “It’s a concern because now is the first camp where we don’t have the friendly game. Previous camps, with lads not playing domestic football, we have had to use that friendly to get players minutes.

“That’s the frustrating thing for us. We aren’t really having our best players, I have used Joe as an example before. The best player for Swansea, rightly so he gets a move to a top club.

“Then they have to manage him when he is there. If he’s not getting minutes. Can they get him out on loan? Because that’s how we benefit from that.

“It’s alright going to these top clubs. But we want our players playing. I think he went on against Palace, with Ben Davies, they both played in that game.

“So, I went last week to watch him against Chelsea. I was frustrated as him because he didn’t get any minutes. That’s down to the club.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Rodon hasn’t had too many opportunities at the club since his move last season, but he has done fairly well when actually out on the pitch. His three performances this season have been pretty good, and surely that will put him in consideration for selection soon. 

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