With rumours going around that Spurs are looking to sign a left-footed centre-back to provide competition with Ben Davies, Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon will be feeling like one of them could be on the way out.
Davies, Dier, and Romero occupy the three centre-back roles based on Antonio Conte’s starting eleven when everyone is fit. Neither Rodon nor Tanganga are in the mix.
Then in terms of backups, Sanchez has been Romero’s since the Argentinian’s injury. Conte has said publicly admitted he sees Rodon as a backup to Dier. And Tanganga has found himself filling in occasionally as Ben Davies’ or Davinson Sanchez’s deputy.
So should Spurs sign a second left-footed centre-back, Tanganga could be the odd man out in terms of first and second choices for positions across the back line.
However, Tanganga has the benefit of being English and an academy player in a time in which Spurs are struggling to fill their homegrown quota. Unless Spurs sign a plethora of English players in the near future, the 22-year-old will likely be safe in North London.
So, who goes?
The logical answer would be Joe Rodon, who has yet to play in the league since Conte’s appointment. The Welshman has only played against NS Mura in the Conference League since the Italian joined the club. Rodon has been given very few opportunities under either Nuno or Conte, despite making very few mistakes when given the chance.
Still, Spurs must be ruthless. If Conte and Fabio Paratici feel Tanganga or Rodon departing is what is best, that is what must be done.
Myself, I would prefer Tottenham to loan out Rodon to a mid-level Premier League side as I think he could be very promising if given the chance to impress week in week out.