Joe Rodon has impressed during his loan spell with Leeds United, and the Championship side are keen to keep him permanently. But, if they are to strike a deal, they will need to get promoted to the Premier League this season.
With Leeds United flying high in the second tier of English football right now, there is every chance they can return to the top flight at the first time of asking this year. They currently sit just one point behind second-placed Southampton, though the Saints do have a game in hand.
A key factor in Leeds’ success this season has been down to a solid defence, and Joe Rodon has been at the heart of that ever since arriving on loan from Spurs. The Welshman has played the full 90 minutes in the last 22 games for Leeds, and has earned plaudits week in, week out for his solid displays.
It will come as no surprise, then, that the Leeds fans are ‘desperate’ for their club to sign Rodon on a permanent basis once his loan agreement comes to an end (Football.London).
If Spurs are to let the centre-half leave in the summer, it is believed they will demand a fee of around £15m from any interested parties (The Athletic).
Leeds need to get promoted if they want to keep Joe Rodon
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It is thought a transfer would be “unlikely” unless the Yorkshire side can offer Rodon the chance to play in the top flight next year, with promotion believed to be a “deciding factor” in the player’s interest in sticking around.
While there is expected to be “strong competition” from plenty of “top-tier sides,” Leeds would still be “in the frame” if they can get out of the Championship this term.
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After the season he’s had and the plaudits he’s been getting, there’s no way Rodon will want to stay in the Championship when he has pretty much proven he is a Premier League player now. I expect Leeds to go up and secure the transfer, but if not, a lower-to-mid level Premier League team will snap Rodon up.