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Leeds United: Paul Robinson believes Rodrigo is nearing Marcelo Bielsa’s first XI

Leeds United: Paul Robinson believes Rodrigo is nearing Marcelo Bielsa’s first XI - Leeds United

Paul Robinson has claimed that Leeds United summer signing Rodrigo Moreno is edging closer to a starting place. 

The summer transfer window saw Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa look to Valencia to bring in striker Rodrigo, who had previously spent time Real Madrid, Benfica and Bolton Wanderers during his career.

The Spain international arrived on a four-year deal worth £27m and he made his debut against Liverpool on the opening day of the season, giving away the late penalty to hand Jurgen Klopp’s side all three points.

Gradually adjusting to life in English football, the Brazilian-born forward has appeared in all of the Yorkshire club’s unbeaten games since that defeat at Anfield.

What did Robinson say about Rodrigo?

Scoring the all-important equaliser against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last time out, the 29-year-old looks increasingly likely to be handed more regular starts in Bielsa’s side, according to former Whites goalkeeper Robinson.

When asked about Rodrigo’s chances of a starting place in the near future, Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “Definitely. He’s getting there.

“We’ve seen so many times that players have to get used to the manager, they have to get used to the demands that he puts on them. Historically he hasn’t thrown his new signings in from the start, and he hasn’t with his new signings now  – aside from Robin Koch because he’s had to.

“Rodrigo has bided his time – he looks fit, he looks strong, and he looks like he is ready to start. He’s certainly knocking on the manager’s door.

“Bielsa’s got a really good problem at the moment because his team is playing well, but he is historically loyal to his players. It’ll be difficult for Rodrigo to break into the side, but should he be in the starting XI for the next game, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Can Rodrigo become a regular Leeds starter?

Having been a regular over the last 12 months for the Spanish national side, Rodrigo was handed a start by Luis Enrique in the recent friendly against Portugal, signalling the trust his national team manager has in him.

Bielsa could now look to follow suit and hand the forward some regular starts at Ellan Road, but he would likely have to tweak things to fit in the Spaniard alongside Patrick Bamford, who has netted three goals and gained one assist in four appearances so far this term.

Competition for places is a pleasant headache for Bielsa to have, especially with the good form that Leeds have shown lately.

Do you think Rodrigo will become a regular starter for Leeds? Let us know your views in the comments section below…

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