Earlier today, Cultural Leonesa announced the signing of former Sevilla, Barcelona B, Sheffield Wednesday, and Cordoba CF striker Rodrigo Ríos Lozano. It had been rumored before that the 27 year old striker was reportedly on the radar of Leeds United, and was set to be loaned to Cultural Leonesa instead of an immediate transfer to England. The announcement of the signing made no mention of any deals going on with Leeds, and while the rumors may have been there, this signing looks like it has nothing to do with anything going on at Elland Road.
If Leeds are involved in this signing, it would be odd. Rodri, as he’s nicknamed, is 27 years old and has not played in England since a loan at Sheffield Wednesday during the 2012-13 season, where he made 11 league appearances and scored one goal, before spending the second half of the season on loan at Real Zaragoza in La Liga, where he scored two goals in 12 appearances that season.
He spent the 2013-14 season at UD Almería, where he scored eight goals in 27 appearances, his last in the top flight in any league. He would go on to play for TSV 1860 Munich in the 2.Bundesliga and in the Segunda Division with Real Valladolid.
Last year was his best year as a professional, scoring 11 goals for Cordoba in the Segunda Division in 4o appearances. Now while that’s a good total for an young striker, Rodri a 27 year old journeyman who has rarely played more than one season in a row at the same club.
While the links between Leeds United and Cultural Leonesa have been established, this signing wouldn’t make a lot of sense for Leeds at all. While Leonesa might need the services of a striker in order to keep the club in the 2nd level of Spanish football, Leeds is in need of a good depth option behind Chris Wood to go with Caleb Ekuban. Rodri doesn’t check that box, and with the emphasis placed on the youth system by the management at Leeds, it doesn’t check that box either.
So while sometimes there is smoke, there is fire. However, in this case, it appears that the “smoke” about Rodri signing for Leeds is mainly just smoke about him signing for Leonesa, without Leeds involved at all.