Leeds United are among the teams interested in a move for Joe Rodon this January…
That’s according to Telegraph reporter Mike McGrath, who claims the Yorkshiremen are monitoring the Welshman’s situation at Tottenham Hotspur heading into next month.
They will, however, face competition from Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, as well as Newcastle United, who appear to be the front-runners to seal him on loan.
Rodon has struggled for game time at Spurs since his £11m move from Swansea City in October 2020 and he doesn’t appear to be in Antonio Conte’s immediate plans.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Bielsa looks to the loan market for a defensive addition and in fact, the last time he did this it paid serious dividends.
During their title-winning 2019/20 campaign, the Argentine signed Ben White for the season from the Seagulls and he emerged as one of their stand-out performers, leading to him being named in the PFA Team of the Year and the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Player of the Year award.
He’s now shining elsewhere at Arsenal, who defeated the Whites last weekend, but a short-term stint at Elland Road for Rodon could be best for all parties.
The 6 foot 4 colossus has perhaps been treated unfairly in north London, failing to even get in the starting lineup at centre-back ahead of international teammate Ben Davies, who is a full-back by trade.
In the Championship, Rodon was arguably one of the best talents in the division, so much so that he earned lofty comparisons to the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.
“He’s right up there in terms of position for his age,” said Sky Sports EFL pundit Andy Hinchcliffe. “I think what you tend to do with young centre-halves is look at the greats of the Premier League. You look at Rio Ferdinand and John Terry and there are elements of both in Rodon’s game.”
The £18m-rated defender has often excelled for Wales, especially in the summer at Euro 2020. Such performances have been described as “flawless“, whilst journalist Ian Mitchelmore has even dubbed him a “special player” in the past too.
At the weekend, it was returning vice-captain Luke Ayling and Robin Koch, who had been absent since August, in the middle, so it is clear that Bielsa needs more options at centre-back.
Meanwhile, Rodon desperately needs game time, so a swoop this winter makes the world of sense.
In the Spurs outcast, United could well discover their next White and that should make him a very appealing candidate next month.