Sheffield United are reportedly keen on Swansea City’s Joe Rodon.
The Blades have had an impressive start to the campaign and boast of the joint-second-best defensive record this season in the Premier League. There were a lot of question marks over Sheffield United’s ability to handle the Premier League before the start of the season but they are on the track to stay up quite comfortably come the end of the season.
However, Wilder will be aware of the difficulty of the league after the turn of the year where teams will be fighting hard to ensure their survival. The January transfer window could prove to be a very important one for the Blades and if the report is to be believed, they have found a gem in Joe Rodon.
Veterans Phil Jagielka and Richard Stearman are Wilder’s only two backups and things could get real ugly if one of his three first-choice starters get injured. Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell have been pillars of strength and solidity for Wilder but it is high time that he plans for the future.
Basham will turn 32 in the summer and enter the twilight of his career. The Englishman’s role will have gradually to be filled by someone younger and Rodon is just the guy, The 22-year-old has played all but one of Swansea’s 13 games this season and he has been brilliant.
Strong in the air, very good on the ball and at 6 feet 4 inches tall, he was born to be a good centre-half and, under Wilder, he could take his game to the next level. Integrating into Sheffield United’s system will not be easy especially for a centre-half and Rodon, like anyone else, would need time to settle in.
Basham will share his experience of playing in a system where centre-halves overlap on a consistent basis and that will gradually help Rodon settle in nicely. A back three of Egan, Rodon and O’Connell is something that Blades fans could look forward to in the next two years but the Welsh international will not be cheap, especially after his brilliant start to the campaign.