‘Clearly Jose likes him’ as ex-Spurs star reacts to news Tottenham are closing in on Dier partner
Darren Bent has insisted Jose Mourinho cannot pair Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier as Tottenham close in in a deal to sign Swansea star Joe Rodon.
Spurs have signed Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan from Benfica, after Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined on permanent deals in the summer, with Gareth Bale also coming back to Tottenham on a season-long loan.
But Jose Mourinho has been desperate to sign a new defender this summer and the club were actually in talks to seal a transfer deal for Skriniar, however, Milan refused to lower their asking price and Tottenham have had to switch their attentions to Rodon.
Tottenham were in talks over an £18 million deal, but were unable to get a transfer deal done before the closing of the first transfer window, but they still have a chance to get a deal done.
Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown, the summer market has been reshaped to help aid clubs, with a ten-week window opened on July 27 and ran until Monday, October 5, closing at 11pm.
However, Premier League clubs can no longer do business with teams in Europe and around the world but they can look to keep spending, This is because the top-flight and EFL have agreed on a second, domestic-only window until October 16th.
And ahead of his possible arrival to the club, bent has opened up and suggested that Rodon will be partnering Dier at the back for Tottenham, as he is a player that Mourinho clearly loves: “Clearly Mourinho likes Dier,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Mourinho has really liked him for a long time. He tried to sign him when he was at United.
“Even that stretch of games where they played so many games in a small amount of time, Eric Dier played in all of them.
“I think he trusts him and really likes him.
“I’ve got questions about his mobility a little bit, at the very highest level where you’ve got maybe speed demons around him. I question that side of it.
“As far as reading the game and defending properly I like Eric Dier and I think he’s good.
“Clearly Mourinho rates him and they’ve got one there.
“It’s who do you play alongside him? If you play him and Toby both very good footballers, very strong but speed wise, pace wise it becomes quite predictable.
“You can’t play a high line if you play them two because the moment you play a two with Toby and Eric Dier if the centre-forward is quick you put it behind them and they can’t live with it.”
Tottenham would have loved to see Skriniar make the move to the club, he would be a real impact signing. So even though Rodon is a decent defender, fans were hoping that one big deal was completed this transfer window.
But he will be welcomed by the fans we are sure, and he will certainly add a bit more depth