30 Mar 2021 07:50 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 30th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Rodrigo will try and force a Summer move back to LaLiga in an attempt to rescue his International career. The 30 year old is desperate to be part of the Euro's, but lack of game time, and being played out of position has taken its toll on the Brazilian born star.
Like many of you, I believed this was nothing more than fiction. Unfortunately, it has gathered pace at such speed that there has to be more to this story than meets the eye. According to Spanish media outlet 'Fichajes', Rodrigo has made a request to Leeds Utd to leave this Summer.
With Bamford being in the form of his life, Bielsa had little option but to play Rodrigo out of position in the number 10 role. It hasn't been ideal, but we have seen glimpse's of brilliance from the Spaniard; but not enough to justify the £27m he cost. It is believed that Real Betis and Sevilla will fight it out for his signature!
Were Leeds wrong to spend so much money on a player of Rodrigo's age? Surely the most they can expect now is 20m? Media outlets currently value him at £18m.
Assuming our record signing departs back to the continent, Messrs Bielsa and Orta will want a worthwhile replacement. Last Summer, Leeds were heavily linked to Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. The 26 year old Argentine International has since been linked to the likes of Liverpool and Juventus; however, the bookies currently have Leeds as favourites to land him. Leeds 5/1 - Liverpool 6/1 - Juventus 10/1. Yorkshire Evening Post, Smarterscout’s Dan Altman said...
There aren’t any central midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues who can match Rodrigo de Paul’s style of play and his pitch coverage. He’s most active in the right channel, crossing midfield, but he can pop up almost anywhere. He’s an avid defender, and his attacking contribution is huge at a Premier League standard. He’s Argentine and has enormous output on both sides of the ball, so he seems like a great fit for Bielsa’s Leeds.
Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas has also caught the eye of the European Leeds scouts. The 26 year old has been in fine form this season, with 16 goals in 29 games for Espanyol in La Liga 2 (following their relegation last season). The all round striker is a good dribbler, strong in the air and always contributes defensively. The Hammers are lined up to sign the former Real Madrid hitman, but it seems Leeds have thrown a spanner in the works! Leicester City have also thrown their hat into the ring!
The Evening Standard are reporting that Leeds and Crystal Palace will fight it out with German giants Bayern Munich for PSV Eindhoven's attacking midfielder Noni Madueke. The 19 year old spent 4 years in the Spurs youth ranks before signing for the Dutch giants in 2018. During his time there, Madueke has continued to impress. This season he has scored 9 times, and registered 8 assists. He has even been given his England U21 debut this season. Madueke is known to have a very strong left foot.