Brighton targeting a move for 24-year-old Premier League defender – a good move by the Seagulls?

Tottenham Hotspur and Wales defender, Joe Rodon, is the subject of transfer interest from Bright and Hove Albion, who see him as a replacement for Ben White.
Tottenham Hotspur and Wales defender, Joe Rodon, in action. (imago Images)

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Brighton are keeping tabs on Tottenham Hotspur ace Joe Rodon amidst a potential move in January

According to transfer news on The Times (Subscription Required), Brighton are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur ace Joe Rodon. The young defender has fallen out of favour with Antonio Conte and could be one of several players to leave the club next month.

A youth product of Swansea City, Rodon joined the North London club last year under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho. He was handed chances initially but a deep squad meant that he did miss out on the matchday squad at times. Nuno Espirito Santo did favour him for the cup competitions this season, but he has only managed one league appearance in that time.

Could the Welshman leave Spurs in January after being regularly overlooked by Conte in his starting XI? And would this be a good signing for Brighton?

Graham Potter could use Joe Rodon at Brighton after the injury to Lewis Dunk

Since signing for Spurs last summer, Rodon has made just 20 appearances for the club. The change in management might have prevented him from maintaining any sort of consistency as most of the appointments have preferred playing the more experienced players at the back. Antonio Conte, too, views the young defender as cover for Eric Dier.

Joe Rodon is being targeted by Brighton ahead of the January transfer window.
Joe Rodon is being targeted by Brighton ahead of the January transfer window.(Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

The Italian wants to offload those players in January that do not form a part of his plans. The Welsh international could be one of them but luckily, Brighton are monitoring him over a potential move. Graham Potter is already aware of the youngster’s talent from their time together at Swansea.

The 46-year-old led the Seagulls to a great start this season, but their form has tapered off in recent weeks. Injuries have played a crucial part in this. Adam Webster picked up a knock a week ago, and it was recently confirmed that Lewis Dunk is also injured. The former has been out of action previously this season, indicating a dip in his fitness levels.

However, the bigger blow would be the injury to Dunk, as he is apparently out for the rest of 2021. In fact, there is no return date mentioned for the Englishman. This would ring alarm bells for Potter, who would have hoped to seal a European spot this season.

The signing of Rodon could help them out. He has a familiarity with the manager and possesses reasonable experience of playing in the top flight. Moreover, Dan Burn and Shane Duffy only have about 18 months left on their contracts. Thus, signing the Tottenham defender could prove to be a boon in the long run.

Brighton could eventually profit out of signing Tottenham ace Joe Rodon

The Seagulls have built a seemingly sustainable model in the top flight of English football. They have often signed young players and provided them with proper coaching to develop into talents that are admired by the top clubs in England.

Joe Rodon could be one of the players offloaded by Tottenham Hotspur in January.
Joe Rodon could be one of the players offloaded by Tottenham Hotspur in January. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

A fine example was the departure of Ben White this season. The English defender was a product of their academy, and they sold him to Arsenal for a hefty fee of £50million in the summer. Several clubs are also interested in Yves Bissouma and Tariq Lamptey. Thus, Rodon could be another player the Amex outfit can develop and flip for a profit later on. For the player himself, the Seagulls could be an important stepping stone for achieving bigger things, with all due respect to Brighton’s stature in English football.

He is only 24, and a couple of good seasons under Potter could tempt the crème de la crème of the game to lure him away from the Sussex-based side. However, it remains to be seen how much Spurs demand for the centre-back since he has a contract until 2025 at the N17.

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There isn’t any guarantee if the player would leave on loan or a permanent move next month- if he does leave N17, to begin with. Regardless, only time will tell whether Daniel Levy will buckle down at the negotiation table, but the move in itself would make sense for all the concerned parties.