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Joe Rodon gets the deadline message from Daniel Levy
Monday, 5th Oct 2020 23:07 by Keith Haynes

Deadline day has concluded with a few anomalies. However, for sides wishing to register players for Europe that deadline is now today ( 6th Oct ) of course there has to be the advanced ' deal sheet' paperwork at least signed beforehand. A derisory offer for Swans defender Joe Rodon by Spurs has been knocked back by the club. The offer was believed to be 7 million, but with add ons up to 10.5 million. And lets not forget that 7 million wont be on the table straight away, Daniel Levy's previous negotiations are well known. Part payments could possibly mean half that in the first instance. If that.

The real message here though isn't the stalling of the deal, it isn't even the fact Rodon is not that bothered if he became a Spurs player today, tomorrow or never, its the message this pathetic offer meant to him. By leaving negotiations with such an embarrassing offer on the table for a player who is possibly better than most in the premier league the message was - you wont be a part of the first team. Okay, you might be, maybe. Quite simply what is true, and it is a fact Joe Rodon wouldn't have been a part of Spurs European adventure, he wouldn't therefore be that involved in first team selection.

Harry Redknapp stated as news became known of Spurs interest ' Everyone knows about the player, he is one for the future, Spurs will probably be looking at bringing him through the reserves' What a slight on one of the best, well, lets be honest the best centre back in the championship, and lets have a look at last weekends defensive performances in the premier league. Rodon is as good as any of those inadequate defenders at Man Utd or Liverpool.

Rodon's representatives may well be rubbing their hands at the thought of a deal to Spurs, but the player, as Harry calls them would now be very foolish to leave Swansea City for a 50/50 chance of getting on the bench at Spurs. Daniel Levy definitely showed his cards on deadline day, because if he wasn't prepared in signing Joe Rodon before the European deadline, then he isn't interested at all in his immediate future. Trevor Birch, Swans CEO until recently, with full knowledge of the swans accounts would have been another clear failure in talks to capture Joe. And if that failure is due to new CEO Julian Winter's skills, then you have to give him his dues.

Now, nobody is saying that Rodon wont move on, and yes, it could still be Spurs, but the clear message on deadline day was hardly comforting. A derisory offer, thinking Swansea City would take it because of the clubs financial position is a joke. The club is not that desperate Mr Levy, and indeed Mr Birch. The latter may well be doing his job, but it once again shows there is no loyalty whatsoever in football, and for that reason Joe Rodon should take a deep breath and think. Loyalty ?

Maybe, he is thinking, I still have some ' loyalty' for my hometown club. Even if it is just for a few more months. Help get them up even ?

He may well be on double his money at Spurs, but a season in the under 23 side with bench opportunities is all he has to look forward to. No European football, because 7 million is nothing for a player of his quality, I just hope someone else comes in and snatches him away from them. Lets face facts, Rodon is leaving, but he isn't going for a cheap 7 million, and todays sun has already set.

Tomorrow could change dramatically, but Spurs sent a real message to Joe Rodon on deadline day, and that message was clear, we don't value you that highly. Look at the price we offered, and if that doesn't make you think, you are not playing in Europe either.

Sometimes a message is sent in many ways, and not just directly.
And hopefully Joe Roden got it.

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