Rodrigo’s attitude and quality in training are believed to have caught the eye of Marcelo Bielsa, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Up-and-down Whites career
The 30-year-old became Leeds United’s record signing when he joined from Valencia last year, but he is yet to fully ignite at Elland Road.
Rodrigo has scored seven goals in 32 appearances – a record that should really be better, considering the reputation he had when he arrived.
He was hooked at half-time against Liverpool last weekend, but according to a fresh update, that doesn’t mean Bielsa is unhappy with him.
The Latest: Rodrigo impresses Bielsa
The Spaniard has impressed his manager in training, The Athletic‘s Hay claims, especially in terms of his professionalism and work ethic.
Rodrigo will hope to start Friday’s clash with Newcastle United at St James’ Park, as the Whites look for their first Premier League win of the season.
The Verdict: Persevere with him
Rodrigo is a hugely gifted footballer – former teammate Neto once hailed him as a ‘phenomenon’ – so he is certainly worth persevering with at Leeds.
Granted, he hasn’t yet excelled in a Whites shirt, but it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop in a No.10 role under Bielsa, considering that wasn’t his natural position when he arrived.
The fact that Rodrigo is seemingly knuckling down in training certainly bodes well and he may be eager to prove his worth at Newcastle, who have themselves struggled to start the new campaign.
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