Leeds United defender Joe Rodon showcased yet another defensive masterclass against Leicester City on Friday and the 49ers Enterprises may well be ready to green-light his permanent transfer now.
The Whites ended Leicester City’s nine-game winning run in the Championship with an impressive 1-0 victory at the King Power Stadium on Friday evening (3 November) with Georginio Rutter grabbing the second-half winner in the 58th minute
The result means Leeds, who came down from the Premier League with the Foxes last season, cut the gap between the two sides to 11 points and consolidated their third-place position in the table leads united
While Rutter received all the plaudits for his winner, Farke will have been delighted with the defensive display and resilience of his key men at the back, especially Tottenham loanee Joe Rodon, who by every passing week, is showing why a permanent Elland Road move may well be on the horizon.
The Welsh international centre-back joined the Whites on a temporary basis as Leeds looked to strengthen their backline in the chase for promotion having lost captain Liam Cooper to injury.
The Athletic journalist Phil Hay shared on 15 September that Spurs wanted a fee of over £10million for his services before a compromise was reached.
Hay also shared in The Athletic that there is a strong executive relationship between Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear, which helped in agreeing on a loan move.
Spurs’ initial demands of an eight-figure transfer fee were appeased by the loan deal, as any further improvement to Rodon’s game through first-team experience will prove beneficial to them if they want to sell him in the future.
However, given the centre-back’s swift impact at Elland Road and rapid development, Leeds manager Farke may well be forced to an instant decision to make the player’s move a permanent one.
Rodon has so far featured in 12 of the Whites’ 15 Championship games and has exemplified everything Farke wants in his players through his dogged and resilient mentality which was on show for everyone to see on Friday night.
As per Sofascore, the Welsh international completed 100% of all his duels against the Foxes and also contributed to the fact that Enzo Maresca’s high-flyers only had one shot on target all evening, whilst also recording seven clearances, one block and successfully completing 86% of his passes.
Rodon has already helped Leeds United to four of their six clean sheets so far this season, highlighting his dominant influence already, successfully completed 90% of his passes in his own half which is impressive given the gruelling nature of the division, and averaged 1.3 interceptions, 3.6 ball recoveries, 3.8 clearances per game and has also won an impressive 60% of his total duels [SofaScore] arguably marking him out as one of the best centre-backs in the division so far.
Tottenham’s reluctant transfer stance on Rodon is certainly understandable seeing as he still holds plenty of sale value and that has been shown already in West Yorkshire, and it won’t be a surprise to see the 49ers Enterprises approve plans for a permanent deal long before the January window opens.