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Joe Rodon will be a pivotal player for Leeds United in Sunday's Championship play-off final against Southampton
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One of Leeds United or Southampton will seal an immediate return to the Premier League come the full-time whistle in Sunday's Championship play-off final. After both succumbing to relegation from England's top flight 12 months ago, the sides will go head-to-head in a mouth-watering final at Wembley with so much at stake.

Daniel Farke's Leeds team are favourites with the bookies to triumph in the capital, although they will need to end their wretched play-off record for good if that is to be the case. Sunday's showdown will see Joe Rodon line up for Leeds in what is the final game of his season-long loan spell from Tottenham.

All connected with the West Yorkshire club will be hoping it is not to be his last outing in a Leeds shirt after an incredible campaign at the heart of their defence. Always going to be a big year for the Welsh international after returning from his time on loan with French side Rennes and not in Ange Postecoglou's Spurs thinking for the 2023/24 campaign, Rodon has delivered top performances week in, week out and has become a firm favourite with Leeds supporters in the process.

It really has been the perfect loan spell for all parties involved and one that could help Tottenham out in regards to their own transfer plans ahead of next season. Spurs' struggles to offload some of their players in the past has been well documented but they should have no issues whatsoever with Rodon come the summer after a standout season at Elland Road.

Regardless of whether they are to be promoted or not, Leeds will be hoping to secure the permanent signing of the 26-year-old. The centre-back, like fellow Wales international and 2023 arrival Ethan Ampadu, has proved to be a transformative signing for Leeds as he helped them form a solid backline and given players such as Crysencio Summerville, Wilfried Gnonto and Georginio Rutter the platform to go on and win games for the Whites.

Leeds' task to sign Rodon will certainly be made easier if they are to seal a return to the Premier League after one year away. After all, the Championship play-off final is seen as the richest game in football.

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According to analysis from Deloitte's Sport Business Group prior to Luton Town and Coventry City facing off in the Championship play-off final 12 months ago, the winner would earn an increase in revenue of at least £170million across the following three seasons. However, as Leeds and Southampton have benefited from parachute payments following their relegation, Deloitte indicate that the financial impact of promotion this year is additional revenues of at least £140million over the next three seasons.

The financial boost could rise to more than £305million if the promoted club avoids relegation after their first season in the top flight. This analysis is comprised of projected increases in matchday, broadcast and commercial revenue.

Tim Bridge, lead partner of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, said: "This weekend, Wembley hosts the match with the most lucrative prize in world football. It has been another fiercely competitive season, all leading to Sunday’s play-off final, where one of these teams will walk away with additional revenues of at least £140m over the next three seasons.

"The prize, however, is not as significant as it has been in previous years, with both sides having recently felt the benefits, including the financial reward, that come with playing in the top flight. Two clubs bolstered by parachute payments are competing in the play-off final for the first time since 2011/12, marking only the second time this has happened since the turn of the Millennium.

"With three of the top four finishing Championship clubs in receipt of parachute payments, the debate over financial distribution across English football and its impact on competitive balance is likely to continue. The cornerstone of English football's success has been the ability of all clubs to compete. Maintaining the unscripted drama, perfectly evidenced by occasions such as the Championship play-off final, is crucial for fans, clubs and governing bodies alike."

Very much needing to add to their squad if they are to go up, Leeds' first move may well be to secure the permanent signing of Rodon, thus boosting Spurs' summer transfer kitty in the process. Going on the season the player has had in West Yorkshire, the Lilywhites should not be short of suitors for the Wales international who will soon enter the final year of his contract at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

A day when big players stand up and make telling contributions in the play-off final, Rodon will be looking to deliver his biggest contribution yet for Leeds with a Premier League return on the line.

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