Manchester City are lining-up a summer bid for Swansea City’s Joe Rodon, reports the Daily Mail.
Rodon, 22, is the next best thing to come out South Wales. He’s this season asserted himself as one of the club’s, and indeed the league’s most exciting central defenders, and now the Premier League champions are showing an interest.
Pep Guardiola has struggled for centre-halves this season, with Vincent Kompany leaving in the summer and Aymeric Laporte spending much of the season on the sidelines.
The Welshman has now emerged as a potential summer target of City’s, and he may well have half-a-season to prove his worth to the club.
Here we take a look at three qualities that Manchester City can expect from Rodon:
If City are lacking anything this season, it’s a leader. Rodon is just that and more for Swansea. For a 22-year-old in only his second season in first-team football, he shows experience and maturity way beyond his age, and that’d fare him well in the top-flight.
He started his first game since October last weekend, and despite missing almost three months of football, he’s come straight back in with the same tenacity and professionalism that he was showing earlier in the campaign.
Rodon will develop into a fine player if he’s managed properly. He has all the attributes of a future star and will likely go on to be a top player for club and country.
Another facet of Kompany’s game that is missing at the back for City this season. Rodon is a fine passer of the ball and will often move forward in possession, and look to enforce a high-line in the Swansea team.
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This is a major trait of the modern-era centre-back and something that Guardiola will love. He brought to England this style of football that every team tries to adorn now and has catered to that with his signings – Ederson came in with a reputation for being good on the ball. and Rodon would hugely complement this style too.
Standing at 6’4, Rodon is a real presence on the pitch. He wins most every header that comes his way and would greatly better that aspect of City’s games – Nicolas Otamendi has been City’s main defender this season, and Rodon dwarfs him.
But despite being as tall as he is, Rodon possesses a great deal of speed. To be a defender in the Premier League, players have to be as quick as the strikers they’re facing and the Welshman should be able to cope with that, and make the step-up in good time.
He’s still young and relatively unproven, but Rodon is a player who Swansea fans think will go on to huge things in the future. He won’t come cheap, but this could turn out to be a big signing for City.