Ryan Mason has been explaining to the media today about his decision not to play Joe Rodon in recent matches.
Rodon, who made the £11million switch from Swansea City last October while Jose Mourinho was in charge had started the last four Premier League games in a row before the Portuguese was given his marching orders by Daniel Levy (transfermarkt).
Rodon was unavailable for selection in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City after featuring in the competition for the Swans in an earlier round, the Welsh international has also failed to make it into any of the three Premier League match day squads against Southampton, Sheffield United and Leeds United respectively.
Mason admitted that it was simply a case of the 23-year-old being lower down in his defensive pecking order having typically preferred as defensive partnership of Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld, with Davinson Sanchez providing cover on the bench.
He told Football.London: “Joe was unfortunate in terms of timing. He was cup-tied for the cup final so the first game I felt it was probably right to have the group consistent for what it was going to be in the next game. He’s trained well, done well. All the 21 outfield players have competed in training and it’s made it difficult to pick a team and a squad.
“But I’ve been happy with everyone, I think the defence and team has done well. So it’s difficult. But when you play at a club like this, there’s always going to be disappointed players. The most important thing for me is he’s remained professional, he’s worked hard, he’s trained well and he’s been good around the club so that’s a massive tick from me.”
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