Joe Rodon has been a brilliant addition to the Leeds squad this season, coming in on loan from Tottenham for the campaign, aiming to find some stability after being shipped out in 22/23 too to Rennes.
He looks right at home with Leeds at the moment despite a minor red card hiccup, and fans are calling for a permanent deal to be wrapped up sooner rather than later.
What’s the latest on Rodon?
Leeds fans briefly panicked as they watched Tottenham face Chelsea on Monday night, losing both centre-backs in the first half – Cristian Romero due to a red card he seemed hell-bent on getting from kick-off, and Micky van de Ven due to a nasty hamstring issue.
The latter has been confirmed to be out until the new year, and with both of those out for Spurs’ next run of games, there was initial worry that Spurs would want to recall Rodon, but this is not permitted for outfielders even in exceptional circumstances, outside of the transfer window.
A January recall is still a question to answer, which The Athletic’s Phil Hay covered this week:
“Not every aspect of what will happen in January is entirely the club’s to dictate, although a source with knowledge of Rodon’s season-long move from Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League, who spoke off the record for confidentiality reasons, told The Athletic that Spurs did not insist on or include a January recall clause in his loan.”
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
Should Leeds sign him permanently?
Not only that, but Hay discussed the idea of Leeds signing Rodon permanently, speaking on The Square Ball podcast:
“I don’t think that’s at all unlikely. I don’t know about January, but I think at some point in the future. Given the way he’s played, he looks like a very steady addition.
“When Leeds first got in touch with Tottenham about him, they were told he would cost £15million, that was his asking price. Leeds said ‘Listen we just can’t do that, so thank you very much and goodbye’.
“Then Spurs got back in touch to say ‘Actually, you could just have him on loan for a season’.
“I would have thought, the way he’s played so far, that he’ll be very much in Farke’s mind as someone who would be an advantage to keep beyond this season.”
With his deal into the final 18 months in January 2024, the chance of Spurs holding out for £15million is slim to nothing, especially if the player himself is eager to leave and explore new opportunities (joining us permanently).
This should be ringing alarm bells to the 49ers that we have an potential asset here that needs to be tied down long-term, to ensure that no one else can take him off of us.
Rodon has been one of our best and most consistent players, and if promoted, would be a very smart way to build for the Premier League.