By Peter Lynch

3rd Oct, 2023 | 3:40pm

Daniel Farke ‘totally convinced’ Joe Rodon can improve after ‘unbelievable’ Leeds United start

Daniel Farke is “totally convinced” that Joe Rodon can become better at Leeds United following his summer switch to Elland Road.

The 25-year-old central defender is currently on loan at the West Yorkshire side from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

He has made six appearances for the Whites so far, having missed the clash with Watford due to his red card against Hull City.

“I think he’s settled in unbelievable, because he had to play the first games without being prepared without the proper pre-season games,” Farke said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Fantastic so far. We had many clean sheets with him, also a few games we have conceded, for example against Ipswich.

“He was definitely there with good performances but has not reached his perfect level. I think there’s much more to come from him and much more potential for example, when we speak about the red card, to handle it a different way. I’m totally convinced of his potential.”

Key player

Rodon is still learning a lot at the age of 25, having perhaps not played as much football as he would have liked in recent years at Tottenham.

But Farke and Leeds have now handed the Welsh international with the perfect opportunity to get minutes under his belt and to impress during those minutes.

And he has done a great job so far at his temporary club, with Farke relying heavily on the central defender in the opening stages of the new season.

It will, of course, get more difficult for the player as the weeks and matches go on, but his experience at Tottenham should help him deal with that issue.

The Whites have a handful of clean sheets to their name already this season, and Rodon has played a crucial part in the majority of those.

Leeds have struggled with defending in recent years, so Farke will be delighted at the impact his current defenders are having right now.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has slammed one player who wasn’t “involved enough” in the loss to Southampton.