Leeds’ summer signings were once again vital at the weekend as Daniel Farke’s men saw off Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, with Joel Piroe’s goal proving the difference.
The defensive performance was more impressive late on though as Leeds needed to hold out the away side’s late onslaught, led by Joe Rodon’s commanding presence at the back.
Joe Rodon shines again
A loan from Tottenham brought Rodon to Elland Road in August and he has been indispensable ever since at centre-back.
It comes after a loan at Rennes last term, indicating fairly strongly that the Welshman is surplus to requirements under Ange Postecoglou in North London.
That was underlined by a reveal from Phil Hay on The Square Ball podcast last week that Spurs were happy to part with the defender permanently for £15million, when Leeds were interested.
What has Ben Davies said about him?
Tottenham and Wales teammate Ben Davies has since spoken about Rodon’s Leeds form this season, delighted to see him doing so well at a new club.
Davies believes a lot of it comes down to the fact that he is appreciated at Elland Road, as he spoke to Wales Online:
“It is difficult. Sometimes people forget how challenging it is going somewhere and then you have to move every nine months to a new place. But I think he really seems to have found himself a home at Leeds.
“Joe is a terrific player. Every time I play with him with Wales he is very solid, good on the ball and I think we have a good understanding. To see him have success at Leeds, it really does make me happy.
“Joe is one of my best mates in football, so we speak all the time. He is the type of player that, when he is at somewhere he is feeling valued and he is getting a good run of games, he is a really, really good defender and I think he is showing that right now.”
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
When a player is where Rodon is in their career, playing regularly at a club that appreciates their qualities is so important.
He has that right now with us, and will surely be so happy to be here, and that could be something we think about making a permanent thing.
Spurs don’t want Rodon, we do, and his contract is up in 2025, so it won’t be the most expensive deal to orchestrate.