'Gareth Bale will have a word' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts after Spurs seal blockbuster deal
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.
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“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.”