🚨Leeds United manager Daniel Farke is reportedly targeting FC St. Pauli defender as a potential replacement for Joe Rodon


Leeds United is reportedly interested in signing FC St. Pauli central defender Eric Smith this summer, according to Afton Bladet and The 72. Smith, 27, helped St. Pauli win the 2. Bundesliga and earn promotion to the Bundesliga next season. Leeds faces competition from West Bromwich Albion, also interested in the defender.

Smith’s impressive performances make him a dream replacement for Joe Rodon, who returned to Tottenham Hotspur after his loan spell at Elland Road. Rodon’s future at Leeds is uncertain due to the club’s failure to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Smith’s strengths align with Rodon’s, making him an ideal replacement. Both are right-footed central defenders who excel in progressive passing, breaking lines, and playing the ball forward. Smith ranked top 9% among 2. Bundesliga centre-backs for progressive passes per 90 (5.83) last season.

Defensively, Smith and Rodon share similar statistics, with both winning most duels, recovering possession, and making tackles and interceptions. Smith’s impressive form in and out of possession makes him a superb signing for Leeds, potentially replacing Rodon seamlessly.

However, it’s unclear if St. Pauli will entertain offers for Smith, and the player may prefer to play top-tier football in Germany. Leeds must navigate these factors to secure a deal for the coveted centre-back.

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