Kevin Phillips has admitted his surprise Tottenham did not send their new signing Joe Rodon back on loan to Swansea City but suggested his value could soon rocket to £45million.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Sunderland and England striker claimed that it will be difficult for the 22-year-old to break into the Spurs team straight away but he will develop quickly if he plays.

Tottenham announced the signing of Rodon on Friday evening after this site exclusively revealed earlier in the day that there had been a breakthrough in talks and the deal was set to be completed in time.

It is understood that the north London club have paid Swansea a straight cash fee of up to £15million including £4m of add-ons after the possibility of a player-plus-cash deal had been discussed.

Rodon played a total of 54 games for his boyhood club and Phillips is surprised the Welsh international will not get the chance to add to that number.

Asked by Football Insider whether he expected Rodon to be loaned back to Swansea immediately, Phillips said: “Yes, definitely.

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“For me I think Tottenham have made some good signings. I know that area (centre-back) is obviously what has been identified to strengthen.

“Can he go and make an impact straight away? It’s a big ask.

“Common sense would probably suggest bring the player in and loan him straight back to give him more experience.

“At the start of next season or maybe in January when he’s played a few more games then maybe bring him back and have a look at him.

 

“I think the obvious one is secure the player first and then send him back out on loan and let him develop as a player.

“All of sudden you have a brilliant player on your hands who doubles in money or trebles in money and also performs for your team for the next four, five, six, seven years.”

In other news, Alex McLeish has reacted to a huge Tottenham development by saying that “Jose Mourinho will be apologetic”.