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Spurs: Joe Rodon provides a glimmer of his star quality

If Tottenham Hotspur finish in the top four at the end of the season they will have multiple people to thank.

Heung-min Son and Harry Kane have been as dangerous as they have ever been this term but ultimately the gratitude must go to Daniel Levy, a man whose cut-throat decision making allowed for Nuno Santo to depart after a matter of months before being replaced by a serial winner in Antonio Conte.

The Italian has made this Spurs team a more regimented and organised side, one who has both benefitted from his tactics but also his eye in the transfer market, with Dejan Kulusevksi and Rodrigo Bentancur improving the starting XI considerably.

The former wasn’t required on Sunday until appearing as a late substitute but the latter was important and reliable once again.

Couple the Uruguayan’s aggressive but calming influence in the middle of the park with Kane’s composure from the spot and Tottenham had secured a 1-0 win.

The awarding of the penalty may have been fortunate but the performances don’t matter at this stage as all Spurs need are results.

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In order to qualify for next season’s Champions League, they will need all of the resources and all of their squad to get there.

That has been seen over the last few days with Davinson Sanchez stepping in admirably for Christian Romero who will miss the rest of the season.

That injury blow was a blessing in disguise for not just the Colombian who has now registered clean sheets in successive games, but also Joe Rodon, who starred for a brief few moments as the clock wound down in the capital on Sunday.

Rodon has found game time hard to come by since signing for the Lilywhites and has played just 86 minutes in the Premier League throughout 2021/22. Yet, his most vital minutes were arguably this weekend.

Does Rodon deserve a chance next season?



No chance!

No chance!

It’s safe to say the Welshman hasn’t pulled up too many trees at Tottenham but his late header to stem a Burnley attack in the dying embers was crucial. He stood firm, planted himself underneath the ball and powered a header away from the danger zone.

It was a passage of play that Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold was quick to pick up on, taking to Twitter at full-time to say: “Might go unnoticed but a big late header there from Joe Rodon to clear the lines at a vital moment as Burnley probed in the final moments.”

Rodon didn’t have much to do when he was on the pitch but his contribution was vital, winning his one and only defensive duel with that aforementioned header and completing 100% of his passes too.

It was a backs to the wall finish from Conte’s army but he will be delighted to have got over the line thanks to Rodon’s late efforts.

Perhaps he ought to get more opportunities next season?

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