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Leeds United: Journalist delivers verdict on Rodrigo future

Leeds United: Journalist delivers verdict on Rodrigo future -Leeds United News

According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, Leeds United striker Rodrigo will likely not be ‘willing to stay’ if the club gets relegated at the end of the season.

The Lowdown: Club-record signing

The 31-year-old first arrived at Elland Road from Valencia for what was a club-record fee of £26m back in 2020, where has since gone on to make 59 appearances for the Whites in all competitions to date.

As a result of the Yorkshire outfit’s recent 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal, and given the fact that Everton have had a positive turnaround in form, this means that Leeds have now dropped into the relegation zone ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Chelsea.

The Latest: Rodrigo could follow star trio

Leeds could face losing some of their stars if they are unable to maintain their Premier League status for yet another season, with Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford all potentially leaving.

And O’Rourke has admitted that he thinks Rodrigo could be the fourth major exit.

He told GiveMeSport: “He is a quality player, Rodrigo. Leeds fans, I don’t think they’ve seen the best of him. If they go down, I think they might have a problem keeping him.

“He might have to be sold because he’s on big wages, and I’m not too sure if he would be willing to stay and play in the Championship.”

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The Verdict: Great attacking threat

The £100k-per-week ace would be a huge loss to the Whites if he was to depart this summer, having made a total of 16 goal contributions during his time at the club so far.

The forward, who was once hailed as an “extraordinary” footballer by former Barcelona manager Quique Setien, has proven to be a real threat in the final third this season, where he has averaged 1.6 shots and 1.2 key passes per game in the top-flight, via WhoScored.

Should Leeds make the fall back down into the Championship, Rodrigo won’t be the only name whose future will be put under doubt, with the aforementioned trio even joined by Joe Gelhardt in recent exit reports, and relegation could now seriously damage the long-term future of the club.

In other news… the Whites are reportedly interested in signing a Premier League maestro this summer.

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