Mourinho asked what Joe Rodon has to do to get into the Spurs team

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur signed Joe Rodon from Swansea City just before the closure of the domestic summer transfer window last year.

It was reported that they paid around £10m for the central defender, who already had experience playing with Ben Davies and Gareth Bale in the Welsh national side.

However, since that move, Rodon has only appeared in the Premier League seven times for Tottenham, racking up a total of 369 minutes (TransferMarkt).

At one stage, it seemed as if the young Welshman had stepped into a first-choice role under Jose Mourinho has he started three back-to-back Premier League games.

Rodon made the starting XI against Sheffield United, Liverpool and Brighton, largely impressing apart from one poor mistake against the current champions.

However, since the 90 minutes against Brighton, Rodon has not appeared in the Premier League for five matches, missing the matchday squad altogether for the past three.

In his press conference this afternoon, Mourinho was asked what the defender has to do to get back into his plans in North London.

Mourinho said (Football London): “He has to do nothing. Works very hard. Good professional.

“He cannot play in the Europa League so that makes his chances reduced in relation to the other guys.

“The centre-back position is a position where if he was in the Europa League he’d have a lot of chances to play in the 11 games we’ve had.

“He’s working very hard. He’s played already not many matches but he’s played in important matches against some of the best teams. He just has to wait for his opportunities and have it.”

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