Leeds United fans were glued to the screen on Thursday evening as Spain met Germany in the Nations League.
Rodrigo started the clash leading the line for the Spaniards, with Robin Koch coming off the bench as the two new Whites signings got to know each other.
It finished 1-1 in the end, with the Leeds striker assisting a last-gasp equaliser for the away side tapped in by Jose Gaya in Stuttgart.
We analysed Rodrigo’s performance from Thursday evening, and although there were plenty of great signs, there were points where he was obviously lacking that match sharpness.
That’s not surprising as the last competitive game he played was early July because of an injury.
The 29-year-old had a great opportunity to open the scoring only 13 minutes into the game, rounding the German keeper Kevin Trapp on the edge of his box.
It was at this point pictured that a fully-fit Rodrigo would surely have pulled the trigger and put his side one goal to the good, instead he hesitated.
This somehow allowed Trapp to recover and make a last-ditch tackle to spare the blushes of the German defence.
Rodrigo improved as the game went on, and he was praised for that, but these are the sort of chances he will need to be taking in the Premier League with Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa won’t utilise the Spaniard until he believes he is fully ready, meaning even after a couple of 90 minutes with his country this weekend, he still probably won’t start against Liverpool.
El Loco will have been delighted with his recovery after this miss though, the striker being a constant thorn in the German defence all evening.
Rodrigo even got the assist in the 95th minute for the equaliser, proving his fitness is somewhat back after missing the end of last season with an injury.
Based on this evidence and some more sharpness, we can’t wait to see what Rodrigo can do in the Premier League for the Whites.
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