Noel Whelan has suggested that Joe Rodon should leave Tottenham to join a newly-promoted Premier League side this summer.
Rodon has struggled to make a name for himself at Spurs since joining the club in a deal worth around £15 million from Swansea in 2020 (BBC Sport).
The Wales international has found opportunities sporadic in North London and has tasted Premier League action just once this season (Transfermarkt).
Antonio Conte’s arrival in November has failed to improve the 24-year-old’s chances, having made just three appearances under the Italian coach, with the likes of Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez seemingly preferred ahead of him.
Rodon was linked with a move away in January with both of Brighton and Newcastle named as interested parties (Telegraph), though a move never materialised which left him marooned at Spurs.
And Whelan feels a switch to a newly-promoted side in the top-flight should be Rodon’s next move if remaining in the Premier League is his preferred decision.
He told Football Insider: “He’s not in the category Conte wants in a centre-half. I don’t expect him to have a life at Tottenham.
“There are teams like Fulham who have already been promoted. There will be teams who look at him because of the Premier League status that he has had at Tottenham.
“Also, the fact that he’s an international and could be going to the World Cup. You never turn your nose up at a young centre-half.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if people who are promoted want to look at him as a possibility to take on.”
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Rodon just hasn’t been able to force his way into the line-up under Conte and it begs the question as to why he was originally brought into the club.
He has shown some promise in rare outings but also some rough bits of defending at times, so realistically he will be one that Spurs will probably move on this summer with him firmly out of contention.
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