Joe Rodon opens up on lack of game time and what he expects from Tanguy Ndombele

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Dom Le Roy

Joe Rodon has admitted that he was not surprised by Tanguy Ndombele’s brilliant goal in the 3-1 win over Sheffield United as the midfielder often does spectacular things in training.

Rodon was handed just his second Premier League start by Jose Mourinho against the Blades and hardly put a foot wrong through the ninety minutes.

Some Spurs fans were left extremely impressed with the youngster’s display and urged Mourinho to start him in every match.

Rodon admitted that it has been frustrating to be sat on the sidelines for so long but said he was ready to take his chances when they came along.

The centre-back told Football.London: “It was a bit frustrating not being eligible in Europa League and the League Cup but I knew it was going to be like that.

“I’ve just got to keep working hard every day, trying to show the coaching staff that I can be involved in the team much more often.

“I’ll take each game as it comes and if the gaffer calls upon me, obviously I’ll do my best and give my all. Obviously, it’s a big bonus for me to be able to help the team.

“I’m delighted we got three points and thought we were unlucky not to come away with a clean sheet but overall it’s a positive.”

While it was a very good all-round display by the Lilywhites on Sunday, the game will likely be remembered for Ndombele’s outstanding goal, with the Frenchman lobbing Ramsdale with the outside of his right foot from an impossible angle, despite being under pressure.

Rodon, however, admitted that he was not surprised by midfielder’s incredible piece of skill and said that everyone at the club expects the former Lyon man to evolve into an elite player.

When asked about Ndombele’s goal on Sunday, he said: “He’s a very top player and that goal doesn’t surprise me to be honest because he does spectacular things in training all the time. I’m delighted for him.

“I think the club bought him for a reason. He’s a top player and he’s only going to get better and better, the more games he plays.

“Hopefully he becomes what we all think he can be – an elite player.”

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One could see from the Tottenham players’ reaction to Ndombele’s goal that many of them, like Rodon, were not as surprised as the rest of us to see the 24-year-old produce that incredible piece of magic. That demonstrates how highly he is rated among the squad and the celebration after the goal showed that the Frenchman is also a really popular figure in the dressing room.

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