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

Leeds spent £47m on two new forwards this summer but their goals are coming from an unexpected sourceBy 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,” said Jesse Marsch after Rodrigo scored a hat-trick for Leeds in their final pre-season game against Cagliari, following on from his goals against Blackpool and Crystal Palace. It’s impossible to judge a player on his form in pre-season, when the pressure is off and the aim is to gain fitness, but those goals seem to have given Rodrigo much needed confidence, something he has lacked since Leeds made him their record signing in 2020.When the £30m deal with Valencia was announced, the transfer raised eyebrows and not in a good way. Rodrigo has never been a prolific forward. Over the last eight seasons at Valencia and Leeds, he has only broken double figures for league goals once. He only scored 38 goals in 172 games in La Liga for Valencia and he had endured a dire spell on loan in the Premier League earlier in his career, scoring just once in 17 league games for Bolton in the 2010-11 campaign. Continue reading…

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