Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will be disappointed by the news that 21-year-old Swansea defender Joe Rodon has signed a new contract at the Liberty Stadium, keeping him there until 2022.
Aston Villa along with Manchester City, Bournemouth and Southampton had all been linked with moves for the youngster, who has been a regular for Graham Potter’s side this season.
So how big a disappointment is losing out on Rodon for Villa?
He’s a centre back, so yes.
They need defenders and if they miss out on one it is a blow.
The situation won’t be that way come January, but until then the need for good, honest centre backs at Villa is dire.
Rodon couldn’t have moved before then anyway and I suspect they’ll be frying bigger fish once the window opens.
It’s a huge shame for Villa.
Rodon has certainly proved himself in the Swansea side this season and he will be crucial if they are to mount any sort of challenge for promotion this season.
Villa will be disappointed that they didn’t tempt Swansea with an offer for the defender who has huge amounts of potential.
It is a bit.
Villa need as much help as they can in defence and Rodon would have provided that.
But Smith will have other targets at the back and needs to secure them.