Tottenham have taken a “big risk” in signing defender Joe Rodon, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker said the 22-year-old has not proven he is able to cope with the Premier League.
Spurs announced on deadline day that they had signed Rodon for a reported initial £11million fee from Swansea City plus add-ons.
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This site revealed earlier in the day that the two clubs had made a breakthrough in talks after previously discussing a potential player-plus-cash deal.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of the £11million fee, Whelan said: “That is the sort of money that is sensible for that sort of player.
“He’s only known in Championship football, we don’t know yet if he can make it.
“Yes, he plays for Wales but it’s different when you play in the Premier League.
“That’s a sensible bit of business done by Swansea. You’re not holding anyone to ransom, you’re giving a young player an opportunity to go and test themselves in the best league in the world at a very good football club that will bring players through and improve them.
“It’s a big risk for Tottenham, they don’t know if he’s going to be able to cope with the demands.
“He’s an up and coming centre-half, he’s an international already that Spurs can improve and have more strength in depth to their side.
“I’m sure Gareth Bale would have had a chat with Jose Mourinho regarding him because he’s been in and around the Wales camp with this player. He would have given him a heads up about the talent he has and whether he can cope with the Premier League.”