Michael Brown has tipped Joe Rodon to get the nod to start at centre-back for Tottenham against Chelsea on Sunday.
The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admitted it would be a huge test for the Wales international but suggested Jose Mourinho sounded happy to throw him in the deep end.
As quoted by Football.London, Mourinho insisted he thought the 23-year-old was “ready to play” versus the Blues despite having never started a Premier League game to date.
The Wales international’s only appearances for Spurs have come in two cameos totalling 10 minutes from the substitutes’ bench, while he is ineligible for the club’s Europa League fixtures.
Despite having Colombia international Davinson Sanchez available, Brown believes Mourinho will show faith in the summer signing on Sunday.
Asked who he thought would get the nod, Brown told Football Insider: “He’s gonna be pinching himself, Rodon, to get in that team and that sort of game so early.
“You know you look at it and you sort of think: ‘Well, it’s part of my development, I’ve got to come through, I’ve got to wait my turn.’
“It would be a great one to test him, wouldn’t it? If he comes through it, and obviously people can’t speak highly enough of him, he’s getting international experience, so obviously Mourinho mentioned him, he thinks he’s ready.”
Rodon’s longest runout for Spurs was his nine-minute cameo when he replaced the injured Toby Alderweireld against Manchester City last weekend.
Eric Dier has been a mainstay at the heart of the defence this term and has played every minute of all but one Premier League game so far.
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