The performances of Rodrigo Moreno since his summer move to Leeds have really caught the eye, according to Jermaine Beckford.
Rodrigo joined Leeds in a club-record fee ahead of their return to the Premier League this year. He has scored one goal for the club so far, in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
However, playing in the slightly unfamilar No 10 role, Rodrigo’s performances have certainly caught the eye. His movement and vision have also helped bring out the best in top scorer Patrick Bamford.
Indeed, a positive for Covid-19 meant Rodrigo was unavailable for Leeds’ last two matches. Both games ended in 4-1 defeats, leaving Leeds 15th in the table.
As such, the international break has probably come at a good time for Leeds. The time has allowed injured duo Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente to both work on their fitness. The pair could be in contention to face Arsenal on Sunday week.
However, one man who will certainly be back is Rodrigo and that is news that delights Beckford.
‘Rodrigo, mate, this guy is amazing,” Beckford told Doing A Leeds podcast. “I didn’t realise how much went through him until that Leicester game. We just miss him, we miss that creativity, and the ball sticking in that number 10 role.
‘My frustration is that we didn’t get him sooner. I desperately can’t wait for him to come back. Fortunately, he’ll be back after the international break.”
Rodrigo confidence in Bielsa, Leeds
Rodrigo, meanwhile, has used his time in isolation to speak about his early impressions about life at Leeds.
While now 15th, Leeds were riding high in third just two matches ago.
And after drawing with Manchester City and having pushed Liverpool so close, Rodrigo is confident Leeds can compete with the best.
“I think that the team in these first fixtures has shown that it has the ability to compete against any team. We have a well-defined style of play, a team that always wants to be a protagonist. We want to take the weight of the game, want to be offensive. We always try to go in search of victory,” he told ESPN Brasil (via Sport Witness).
“Of course, not in any way, with a well-defined plan. I think it’s the path of our team, I don’t believe that the team will change.”
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