Rodrigo’s revival gives Jesse Marsch even more attacking options at Leeds

Leeds spent £47m on two new forwards this summer season however their objectives are coming from an sudden supply

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored

“It’s really pleasing to see him play so well. I’m really happy for him and he’s growing into the team,” stated Jesse Marsch after Rodrigo scored a hat-trick for Leeds of their ultimate pre-season recreation in opposition to Cagliari, following on from his objectives in opposition to Blackpool and Crystal Palace. It’s not possible to evaluate a participant on his kind in pre-season, when the stress is off and the intention is to realize health, however these objectives appear to have given Rodrigo a lot wanted confidence, one thing he has lacked since Leeds made him their report signing in 2020.

When the £30m deal with Valencia was announced, the switch raised eyebrows and never in a great way. Rodrigo has by no means been a prolific ahead. Over the past eight seasons at Valencia and Leeds, he has solely damaged double figures for league objectives as soon as. He solely scored 38 objectives in 172 video games in La Liga for Valencia and he had endured a dire spell on mortgage within the Premier League earlier in his profession, scoring simply as soon as in 17 league video games for Bolton within the 2010-11 marketing campaign.

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