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Newcastle eyeing up Joe Rodon deal

An update has emerged on Tottenham defender Joe Rodon, regarding interest from Newcastle United…

What’s the talk?

According to the Daily Mail, the Welsh international is one of the players the Magpies are looking at ahead of the January transfer window.

The report claims the central defender is one of a number of targets the club are considering as they look to improve the squad ahead of the second half of the campaign.

Should Newcastle sign Rodon?

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Lascelles 2.0

Eddie Howe could solve a key issue at St. James’ Park and land the next Jamaal Lascelles by securing a deal to sign Rodon from Spurs in January.

The Magpies brought Lascelles to the club at the age of 20 from Nottingham Forest and he has since gone on to captain the side and make 199 appearances in all competitions to date. In Rodon, they could find their next long-term centre-back option.

At the age of 24, he is still incredibly young for a centre-back and could still have many more years ahead of him to give. This means that he would not be a short-term solution and, instead, could grow over the course of a number of seasons and potentially fill up a spot in the starting XI year after year – just as Lascelles has since his arrival at St. James’ Park.

Ex-Chelsea forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink heaped praise on the £17m-rated centre-back last season, claiming that ‘nothing fazes him’. He told Sky Sports, via Wales Online:

“He looks like a proper Spurs player, a centre-half, nothing fazes him, he put his head in when needed. You have to be comfortable on the ball because you want to control the game.

“I like that he gets up straight away and gets on with it because that tells me he is hard enough.”

Earlier this year, journalist Ian Mitchelmore dubbed him as “flawless” and a “special player” after an impressive showing for his country.

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These quotes highlight the £24k-per-week beast’s quality and the potential he has to be an excellent signing for the Magpies. He could solve a key issue for the club as their defence has been abysmal this season, with one clean sheet and an average of two goals conceded per game in the Premier League.

Last season, Rodon played 12 top-flight games for Spurs and won an outstanding 73% of his duels overall as he managed 3.0 tackles and interceptions per game. This shows his strong defensive qualities and adds further depth to the comments from Mitchelmore and Hasselbaink’s comments on his talent.

Therefore, he could potentially come in and help to solve Howe’s defensive issues on Tyneside, whilst also being Lascelles 2.0 with his young age allowing him to be at the club in the long-term if he is successful enough on the pitch.

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