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Leeds: Pundit slams Rodrigo’s impact at Elland Road

Leeds: Pundit slams Rodrigo’s impact at Elland Road -Leeds United News

Leeds United made a big mistake signing Rodrigo for a club-record fee in 2020, according to former top flight striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The Lowdown: Rodrigo struggles at Leeds

The Spaniard joined Leeds for £27million last year, making him the most expensive signing in the club’s history in the process.

While there were high hopes for Rodrigo when he arrived, he is yet to meet those expectations, scoring just eight goals in 38 appearances after Saturday’s dramatic late penalty.

This season, the 30-year-old has registered just that one goal and no assists in eight Premier League starts.

The Latest: Agbonlahor critical of signing

Someone who isn’t impressed by what he has seen is Agbonlahor, 35, who told Football Insider that Rodrigo is ultimately proving to be a huge waste of money, when asked the question:

“I think so. He shows some good touches and stuff but you need to score goals. If you don’t score goals there’s no point being in the team.

“You don’t want him to just be a hard worker who can press without getting the goals.

“I think Leeds need to get to January and try to get reinforcements. Bielsa doesn’t look like he’s doing the job he was doing last season.”

The Verdict: Potential flop

There is still time for Rodrigo to come good at Leeds and Saturday’s delightfully cool spot-kick is a start, but with each passing week, it does appear as though he will never live up to his billing.

While there have been sporadic moments of quality from the former Valencia man – a double at Burnley last season, for example – a lack of consistency has been on show far too often.

Marcelo Bielsa has needed Rodrigo to step up in the absence of injured star man Patrick Bamford in attack and he quite simply hasn’t.

All that said, perhaps Saturday’s equaliser can turn things in the right direction.

In other news, a worrying update regarding Bielsa’s future has emerged. Read more here.


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