Joe Rodon joined Tottenham last summer despite being chased by West Ham.
Hammers boss David Moyes wanted to bring the 18-capped Wales international to the London Stadium (Jacob Steinberg and The Daily Mail). He ended up joining Tottenham in an £11 million deal instead, however (BBC).
Rodon hasn’t really kicked on at Spurs, however. He has made just 14 appearances for the North London outfit (Transfermarkt).
And with Cristian Romero having been signed by Nuno Espirito Santo in the summer, it’s looking likely that the 23-year-old will mostly be warming the bench this season.
Joe Rodon joining Tottenham instead of West Ham a mistake?
The Welshman would certainly have been given more minutes for the Hammers last season than he got at Spurs.
At 23, Rodon isn’t young any more. He needs to be playing regularly.
And with Romero, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez ahead of him in the central defensive pecking order at Tottenham, it is unlikely that he will achieve that.
His footballing career is at the risk of stagnation, if he continues to be left out of Nuno’s starting line-up. He is yet to play a single minute for Spurs so far this season.
Rodon is a real talent, but without paying regular football, his abilities may well be hindered.
Added to that, West Ham are playing in the Europa League this season whilst Tottenham are in the UEFA Conference League.
Here’s a glimpse of why Rodon was so highly coveted in the summer of 2020:
The Hammers are clearly a club going places. Rodon would have fit right in under Moyes at the London Stadium.
Perhaps the Welshman may well now be regretting not having pushed harder to join West Ham rather than Tottenham last year.