Joe Rodon has come in for criticism in the French press for his performance in Rennes’ 1-1 draw against Troyes on Sunday.
Rodon joined Rennes on a season-long loan deal earlier this summer, with reports indicating that the French club have an option to make the deal permanent for around £16.7m (Football.London).
Since his move to Brittany, the defender has started five Ligue 1 matches and he has not had the easiest of beginnings to life in France.
The centre-back did score his first goal for Bruno Genesio’s men in their 3-1 win over Brest on Wednesday and he might have hoped the goal would help him to kick on.
However, that has not quite happened as Rodon seemingly struggled away at Troyes, who held Rennes to a 1-1 draw despite having a player sent off in the 27th minute.
French outlet Maxi Foot gave the on-loan Tottenham man a 4/10 for his display and were not too complimentary about his performance.
The publication wrote about the Welshman: “The least we can say is that the Welshman was not serene on the recovery, as evidenced by his ball losses. Not ideal for a team looking to make a difference against a low block. To make matters worse, he was replaced by Odobert at the end of the match.”
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Rodon has looked very good for Wales in a back three for several years and that is the same system that he got used to in his final 8 months at Spurs. So, perhaps the 24-year-old just needs time to get adjusted to playing in a back four again.
He has also hardly had much game time over the past couple of years. So, it would be unfair to judge him harshly before he gets more minutes under his belt.