Leeds United’s record signing could leave the club after just one season. Rodrigo Moreno was signed from Valencia for £27 million with high expectations to elevate the newly-promoted side in The Premier League.
However, Rodrigo’s injury problems and lack of production in a new position has led some outlets to believe that Rodrigo will depart from Elland Road in the coming summer. Fichajes report that the 30-year-old is not happy in England and never even wanted to leave Valencia in the first place.
This is something that was already known to some extent as Valencia’s financial situation forced them into selling several big players just to stay afloat.
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Rodrigo is apparently becoming more and more concerned about his form in Leeds’ midfield and how it may result in him not making it to The Euros in the coming summer. He didn’t make the most recent Spain squad due to injury but his form still hasn’t hit the heights that would keep him as the number one attacking option for the Spain squad.
The report goes on to say that Rodrigo is looking to return to La Liga with Real Betis and Sevilla showing interest. The two sides are in need of a striker and could offer Rodrigo his preferred playing position and squad role.
Rodrigo has not suggested publicly that he has a problem with his role at Leeds, while Marcelo Bielsa had this to say when announcing a fitness setback for Rodrigo in training before the international break.
“To explain it exactly, Rodrigo arrived at the start of the competition, he didn’t manage to do the pre-season with us,”
“It took him four weeks to become a starter and after playing his best game, which was against Aston Villa. Then he became sick. He was ill for 20 days.
“Then, after that, to get back to his best state it took him a month. He played 10 to 12 games from a level between medium to high.
“Then he picked up that injury which he was out for about five weeks with. And perhaps this second where he didn’t play for 40 days to then play again. Perhaps it was too quick because he’s a player who gets his best physical state by gradually increasing the minutes.
“He becomes a starter when he’s in a good state of form. When he has been without playing for over a month, his return to the team is not instantaneous
“But me in particular and Leeds as his club, we have seen what Rodrigo is capable of. He is a great striker.”
It’s been a tough ride for Rodrigo this season, with injuries limiting him to just 20 appearances in The Premier League, scoring three goals and assisting one.
No pre-season, change in position, new country, new team. As expensive and experienced as Rodrigo is, he needs to be given the benefit of the doubt. We might only be able to see his full ability following a fully fit pre-season under Marcelo Bielsa, which is a programme well renowned for its intensity and strong results.
Only time will tell for Rodrigo, but he deserves our backing for as long as he wears the Leeds United jersey.