Adiós Rodrigo?

30 Mar 2021 07:50 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Tuesday 30th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Adiós Rodrigo

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.

Rodrigo's replacement

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.

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1964white wrote on 31 Mar 2021 10:17 am

John in Louisiana wrote: Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:09 pm Can’t wait to see Raphinha next year, then.
A mouth-watering prospect John, remember he had know pre-season too.

We'll see the best out of Raphinha, Koch, Llorente, Rodrigo & Struijk all down to Bielsa's methods, not only that next season they'll be playing alongside more quality footballers with the the arrival of the new summer signings.

John in Louisiana wrote on 30 Mar 2021 10:09 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:26 pm Our players tend to improve significantly in their second season under Bielsa.
Can’t wait to see Raphinha next year, then.

1964white wrote on 30 Mar 2021 09:39 pm

DavidH wrote: Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:34 pm Just wondering if Paddy became a better player BECAUSE we bought Rodrigo?

Cjay wrote on 30 Mar 2021 08:41 pm

whiteswan wrote: Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:28 pm I hope he proves everyone wrong (apart from faaip who believes in him) just like Paddy has proven most people wrong.
But Faaip hates Paddy so it balances out.

You do like to protect the younger players dont you Swannie (first BPF now TyRo) :)

But Bielsa publicly criticised Roberts not long ago, if MB isnt convinced by Roberts you cant blame fans for not being keen?

DavidH wrote on 30 Mar 2021 08:34 pm

Just wondering if Paddy became a better player BECAUSE we bought Rodrigo?