By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

13th Oct, 2023 | 12:10pm

Joe Rodon hailed as Leeds United's under-the-radar star after 'excellent' start to life at Elland Road

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United …

Joe Rodon has been Leeds United’s under-the-radar star after his “excellent” start to life at Elland Road, according to Paul Robinson.

The likes of Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe often get the plaudits and the headlines for their match-winning goals and vital assists, but Daniel Farke’s defence has quietly proved crucial in their hunt for promotion.

Rodon has helped Leeds to five clean sheets this season, a joint Championship record, while showing his aerial dominance and ability on the ball. Leeds are also yet to lose a game when Rodon has started, a good omen for the rest of the season.

Robinson has heaped praise on the Welshman and pointed specifically to his pace as an element of his game he didn’t realise the 25-year-old had.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, when asked which player has gone under the radar so far this season: “I’ve been impressed with Joe Rodon this year. He’s coming in and I watched him and he’s got a pace that I didn’t realise that he had

“He’s got himself out of certain situations by his pace, his recovery and his reading of the game.

“He obviously was thought very highly of to be taken to Tottenham but didn’t get his opportunity under certain managers. But now you can see he’s a top-quality player and I think he’s been a great addition to the back four.

“He’s played alongside Ethan Ampadu while Liam Cooper’s on the bench, so you can see what the manager thinks of him.

“He’s been an excellent signing and with Piroe and Rutter, they’ve been the so-called stars of the show in the final third of the field, getting the goals.

“But I think Joe Rodon’s been excellent since he’s coming to the side this the start of this season.”

In other Leeds United news, a former Premier League referee has spoken out on an incident in the Whites’ clash against Bristol City.