Tottenham Hotspur moved back into the Premier League’s top four places with a resounding 3-1 victory over Sheffield United earlier this afternoon.
The Frenchman, who completed his first full match in the top-flight this term, was handed the Man of the Match award by the Sky Sports commentary team, though as good as he was, another name was vastly overlooked.
Joe Rodon was an absolute colossus at the back for Spurs in what was only his second-ever Premier League start.
Having joined for £11m from Swansea City in the summer, the 23-year-old centre-back has found game time hard to come by with both Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld often preferred to him.
But with Mourinho’s switch to a three-at-the-back formation, Rodon was called upon over the Belgian and ultimately, that decision paid serious dividends.
The Welsh international recorded more clearances (four) than any other Spurs player, meaning he was quick to avert the danger, more so than Eric Dier who managed only half the number of clearances, via SofaScore.
Rodon also enjoyed a whopping 93 touches of the ball, only bettered by Dier for either side, thus proving to be as heavily involved in the game as anyone else and perhaps even more so than Ndombele, who managed just one fewer touch in a crucial box-to-box role.
He made his presence felt at right centre-back, completely silencing Oliver Burke and substitute Rhian Brewster as neither managed above a 6.6 rating and combined for just one shot on target, also per SofaScore.
Indeed, Rodon won six of seven duels (85%) both on the ground and in their air, the 6 foot 4 machine was clearly rock-solid.
Alasdair Gold at football.london agreed as he graded the central defender a 9/10, which he also handed to Ndombele, he wrote in his post-match ratings:
“Making his second Premier League start, he made a couple of early crunching tackles. Did well to bail Eric Dier out of a tough spot on 28 minutes with a good anticipating run. Very promising performance from the young Welshman. Did very little wrong.”
Whilst Tifo Football’s Seb Stafford-Bloor likened Rodon to a young John Stones, calling his display “magic.”
This performance will give Mourinho plenty to think about going forward as based on this showing alone, Rodon can more than cut it in the big time.
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