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Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action later tonight as they look to bounce back from their FA Cup midweek outing at the hands of Everton.
Although, a tough task now stands in the way of José Mourinho as he takes his side at Manchester City, a team that has won. 15 matches in a row in all competitions.
All of Spurs’ defensive weaknesses were fully manifested in Merseyside on Wednesday night when the North Londoners sent in five goals, so there is sure to be a change at the rear tonight.
Mourinho opted for a pair of Davinson Sánchez, who bagged a double, and Toby Alderweireld, who was particularly dire, as he had a desperate role to play in three of the Toffees’ five goals.
Maybe it’s time to throw a lifeline at Joe Rodon …
Should Rodon START vs City?
On the blackboard
It is clear that the Portuguese coach does not trust his current options, as he constantly rotates them every week. Has even been reported who wants a ‘transforming’ central signing of the same type as Virgil van Dijk or Ruben Dias.
That says a lot.
Now it may be the right decision to bring the inexperienced Welshman back into the fray; Let’s face it, at only 23 years old, he can learn from his mistakes unlike Mourinho’s supposed leaders Alderwerield (31) and Eric Dier (27).
Rodon has only begun four of his seven Premier League appearances so far this season, but he has largely delivered a good account of himself, especially in his first start against Chelsea, helping the team to a clean sheet and more recently against Sheffield United.
After that tie with the Blues, Paul Robinson said Football Insider: “Outstanding. I really thought he was brilliant,” before adding: “The biggest compliment I can give him is that Tottenham didn’t miss Alderweireld.”
The 6-foot and 4-foot mountain man even received rave praise from Roy Keane, which is hard enough to pull off. He told Sky Sports, via Wales Online:
“It’s a difficult place for him to go for his debut, he also broke his lip from his problems, but yeah, he did very well, good composure, good body language, he seemed serene there.”
Last season, while I was in Swansea, £ 13 million The man earned a great comparison. Speaking in the Sky Sports EFL PodcastAndy Hinchcliffe compared him to one of Mourinho’s former leaders, John Terry. He said:
“He’s up to the job in terms of position for his age. I think that what is usually done with young centrals is to look at the greats of the Premier League. You look at Ferdinand and Terry and there are elements of both in Rodon’s game. What I want from a midfielder is someone who likes to defend ”.
In his first season at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho handed over the captaincy to Terry at just 24, and they won the league, so why not repeat that feat now?
If mistakes are going to constantly crop up on the Spurs’ bottom line, then it’s okay to let Rodon get involved to learn from them and then improve on them; it will benefit the club in the long term, albeit in the short term and temporary sacrifice.
Rodon has yet to be dribbled in his seven appearances, according to Who scored, while he has more tackles by 90 (1.9) than Alderweireld (1.7) or Dier (0.6).
Should it start at the Etihad tonight, it could well be the game changer to stop this Spurs rot.
And in other news, Mourinho could already have his replacement for Reguilon right under his nose …