What’s better than one Rodrigo? Ask any Leeds United fans and they’ll tell you the answer is two Rodrigos.
That’s because a certain Mr. De Paul, namesake of our new Spanish international is being heavily, heavily linked with a move to Elland Road.
The Udinese midfielder has emerged as a target for the Whites in recent days, with Football Insider even going as far as to report that the 26-year-old has agreed personal terms with the club.
And there is palpable excitement surrounding his potential arrival.
According to Dan Altman, founder of analytics platform Smarterscout, the Argentina international is unparalleled in Europe when it comes to his style of play and pitch coverage.
His stats make for impressive reading too.
In 2019/20, for instance, he had a higher shot accuracy rate, higher dribble completion rate, and a higher pass accuracy rate than Pablo Hernandez, as per Wyscout.
Just let that sink in for a second – the three fundamentals of good attacking play and he outstripped Hernandez in all of them.
The boy certainly knows where the back of the net is too.
Take his finish against Sassuolo back in January as an example – his third strike in three games.
As the ball breaks, De Paul is behind the play, practically on the edge of his own penalty area.
With his side 2-0 up in the 90th minute, he could have been forgiven if he had phoned it in a little.
Instead, he decides to take off.
The South American sprints almost the entire length of the pitch to keep up with the attack, and his efforts afford him acres of space as the left-back tries desperately to recover his position.
There is still a lot of the player to do at this stage though.
De Paul’s first touch is great, allowing him to get the ball out of his feet and into space, and he decides to take his shot early.
Not only does this not allow the defenders to shut him down, but it also means that the keeper is still leaning slightly to his left as he hasn’t had time to properly set himself.
From there, his finish is perfect, nestling in the bottom corner and never giving the keeper even the faintest of chances.
De Paul just oozes class, and the crowning glory here is that it all looks so effortless.
If he could bring this kind of quality to the Premier League, he would be major, major hit.
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