Gareth Bale and Ben Davies played crucial roles in Tottenham’s signing of Joe Rodon last week, according to the Athletic.

Rodon is the international teammate of Bale and Davies, two experienced heads who have likely helped the 22-year-old settle into the Wales senior set-up.

The Athletic claims the duo gave personal recommendations to Daniel Levy when the Spurs chairman was still considering a move for Rodon.

The Londoners eventually got their man after agreeing a late deal with Swansea City on deadline day.

And the Athletic’s report says endorsements from Bale and Davies were a ‘significant factor’ in Levy’s decision to pursue the club’s final summer signing.

If Sunday’s 3-0 collapse against West Ham United is anything to go by, Rodon may be a regular starter sooner rather than later.

Davinson Sanchez was all at sea in the London derby, scoring a calamitous own goal and generally struggling to clear the ball throughout.

Toby Alderweireld has lost a yard of pace while Eric Dier, who is currently injured, can’t seem to cut out the individual mistakes.

If Rodon plays well on his debut, which could come in the Europa League on Thursday, he might find himself in the starting line-up against Burnley in the Premier League next Monday.



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