Joe Rodon would never rule out a Swansea return
Tuesday, 14th Nov 2023 18:11 by Liam Walters & Keith Haynes
With the Wales squad training in South Glamorgan this week and sources talking about Joe Rodon’s future at Spurs we have had a long chat with a couple of avid supporters of this website.
It’s more than obvious at this point that Joe Rodon isn’t in the plans of Ange Postecoglou at Tottenham, plus the fact if he was to be at the club now he would be down around fourth choice at centre back. It has been revealed today that there is no recall clause on Rodon’s loan to Leeds United, so that won’t happen in January. His contract ends at Leeds in the summer of 2025, so any purchase by the Elland Road club would be in the millions if they were to choose to buy him in January. Leeds fans would be right behind that move after an excellent season to date.
Even Ben Davies, the current Wales captain thinks a change of scenery is working right for Rodon. “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.”
Both are ex Swansea City players who have come through the Swans academy ranks since very young as well as fellow Wales International Connor Roberts. Another Swansea academy graduate Dan James is also at Leeds so Joe is right at home in their version of the white shirt. Davies seems very happy for his best mate now he’s settled at Leeds. “I think it was a great opportunity to go there. He knew he was going to go there and play a lot of football and play at a massive club with ambitions of going back to the Premier League. He has started so well and he is enjoying it there.”
Coincidentally, we are working on something for the brain tumour charity which is slowly coming to fruition at The Indy which means we have had the ear of some very helpful individuals. They believe Joe would definitely look at a Swansea return, however that won’t happen as long as the club are in the Championship. We’ve been told that joining Leeds for Joe was a no brainer with the expectation he could be back in the Premier League on merit next season. However, if his boyhood club was to return to the top flight he would always consider a return. As it stands Swansea City couldn’t even match half of his current salary, which Leeds clearly can with the current parachute money situation. Of course not withstanding an immediate return to the Premier League comes with multi millions on top.
Rodon is right not to dismiss anything as football has a way of going full circle and at just twenty six Joe has a number of good years ahead of him. We wish him well, he made a brave move to Spurs, and possibly too soon but who can blame him ? He’s now found himself a temporary home he seems to love, and Leeds must be favourites for his signature. And this week he treads the boards with a number of ex and current Swans in this weeks Wales squad as they go for two wins to qualify for next years European Championships in Germany.
Photographs licensed from Reuters
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