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Swansea offered Rodon to Spurs on a silver platter — then sold him on the cheap – Wales Online

Swansea offered Rodon to Spurs on a silver platter — then sold him on the cheap – Wales Online

The transfer window has finally closed, and just when Swansea fans thought they may go an entire summer without selling a prized asset, it happened again.

It was touch and go for a while but Spurs got their man at the last second, securing a deal for Joe Rodon for the seriously underwhelming reported price of £11m, potentially rising to £15m.

Sadly, the Jack Army are used to this kind of thing by now. This is the fifth consecutive summer in which the Swans have sold one of their top players.

It’s a miserably familiar story and even though this transfer has been on the cards for some time, it’s still a bitter pill to swallow.

Rodon is just the latest in a long line of fan favourites who the club felt they had to sell in order to balance the books.

For years, the Jack Army has had to watch the Swans sell their best and brightest every summer. The likes of Ashley Williams, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lukasz Fabianski, Oli McBurnie and Dan James were all sold to make ends meet.

On the whole, the Swans have been reasonably good at getting a fair price for their top players, although there have been some exceptions.

The general consensus among Swansea fans this time around, though, is that the Swans have sold Rodon on the cheap.

Concerns had been building over recent weeks that Swansea would not hold their nerve and would eventually sell Rodon below market value. When reports emerged online a week or so ago that Swansea valued Rodon at £18m, fans were aghast.

A 22-year-old full Welsh international, possibly the best centre-back in the division for less than £20m? It seemed like a dangerously low starting point.

To add some context, Adam Webster was two years older than Rodon when he moved from Bristol City to Brighton last summer for £20m. Webster’s a very able centre-back but he was no better than Rodon is right now.

Another Brighton defender, Ben White, was wanted by Leeds United this summer after impressing on loan with them in the Championship last season. Brighton demanded £30m for the youngster.

White and Rodon are of a similar age, have a similar skill set and are of a similar calibre. They also had the same amount of Premier League experience prior to this summer, yet one was valued far higher than the other.

Swansea set out their stall badly to begin with. They basically offered their most valuable player to Spurs on a silver platter but Spurs were still nowhere near the asking price.

That should really have been the end of it. The Swans were being very generous; if Spurs could not match that low price tag, then the deal should have been off the table.

But it’s clear the Swans were keen to sell, to recoup any cash they could and as a result they bent to Spurs’ demands and sold Rodon on the cheap.

It was nothing less than a surrender.

Instead of telling Spurs where they could stick their measly offer, they crumbled under pressure and gave into their demands.

Fans had already prepared themselves for disappointment but the reported fees left them genuinely shocked, even disgusted.

Nobody begrudged Rodon his move. He has been a model of consistency and reliability over the past two years. He is a complete defender, as comfortable winning aerial battles as he is passing it out from the back.

It’s been clear for some time he is too good for the Championship and deserves his move to one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, but that move should have been for a fair price.

As harsh as it may have been for Rodon, it was not in the club’s best interests to sell such an important player so cheaply.

Fans feel badly let down by this capitulation.

It’s come at the end of what was otherwise set to be a very productive summer for the Swans. They had brought in the likes of Morgan Gibbs-White, Jamal Lowe and Korey Smith, all of whom have settled well at the Liberty.

They also secured the services of Freddie Woodman on loan for another year, as well as defender Marc Guehi from Chelsea whose presence will be even more essential now Rodon in gone.

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On deadline day they also brought in Kasey Palmer on loan from Bristol City, Joel Latibeaudiere from Man City and Ryan Manning from QPR, all of whom will add depth to the squad. Also joining on deadline day was experienced centre-back Ryan Bennett who is seen as Rodon’s direct replacement.

Bennett has been around for many years and is used to playing in a back five from his days at Wolves so should fit in well on the banks of the River Tawe. Although he is not of the same standard as Joe Rodon, he adds useful attributes to a defence which would otherwise be worryingly short of options.

New signings are usually a cause for excitement but on this occasion these arrivals have been overshadowed by the crushing disappointment of the Rodon transfer.

Not only have Swansea lost arguably their best player, they did it without putting up much of a fight.

Saying goodbye to a player like Rodon was always going to be difficult but the fact Swansea could potentially receive as little as £11m for him simply rubs salt in the wound.

Football’s a dog eat dog business and if you want to make it, you have to be as tough around the negotiating table as you are on the pitch. Sadly when the Swans really needed to hold their nerve and demand a just reward for their player, they cowered and accepted the scraps.

Rodon leaves Swansea with the best wishes of the entire Jack Army. Hopefully he will thrive at White Hart Lane and show the world what he’s made of.

That goodwill is not extended to those who are responsible for selling him on the cheap.

There are still many positives to take from this window and Swansea’s encouraging start to the season should give us plenty to look forward to, even without Rodon. However, the manner in which Swansea gave away their star player has left a bitter taste which could linger for quite some time.

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