Date: 25th March 2021 at 9:00pm
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James Maw has featured on the latest edition of The View from The Lane podcast to discuss all things related to Tottenham Hotspur. 

Spurs recorded a 2-0 against Aston Villa on Sunday night following back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and then Dinamo Zagreb which saw Jose Mourinho’s side crash out of the Europa .

Mourinho gave young centre-back Joe Rodon his fifth start of the season in the victory against Villa, but Maw noted his absence from their Europa League campaign after the club were unable to register him to the European squad after signing him.

Speaking on the matter, Maw had this to say about the club’s handling of the 23-year-old’s situation.

He said: “I definitely think there’s merit in Rodon playing a few more games. And I think I’ve said a couple of times, I think it’s crazy that they ended up with a situation where he couldn’t play in Europe because that would have been such an obvious win.

“But they really needed to get that deal done earlier in the summer so he could play in the group stage and then like, the whole season might be different after that, you just don’t know and we’ll never know now.”

Should Rodon start more for Spurs?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Rodon joined Spurs last October from Championship side Swansea City in a deal which believed to be in the region of £11m.

The youngster’s start came as a surprise on Sunday he had not featured in the matchday squad at all in the previous six games (via Transfermarkt)

TIF Thoughts on Maw’s comments…

Jose Mourinho has had difficulty this season in trying to nail down his best centre-back partnership, with the club expected to prioritise the position in the coming summer window.

However, Rodon showed a lot of promise in his performance against Villa on Sunday night, with SofaScore rating the youngster with a 7.4/10 match rating – only Man of the Match Lucas Moura (7.7), Tanguy Ndombele (7.7) and Harry Kane (7.5) were rated higher than the Welshman.

So perhaps this could be the start of a run in the starting XI for Rodon that potentially leaves Mourinho regretting his omission in the European squad.