Burnley Under-23s must have let out a cry of frustration when they saw Rodrigo lining up for Leeds United at Thorp Arch on Monday. 

They really needed a win to have any hope of making the promotion play-offs but were smashed 5-2 by a ruthless Leeds side.

Rodrigo hasn’t started in the Premier League since picking up an injury in the game against Leicester in January.

He’s been injured again since then and has been restricted to cameo appearances off the bench.

However, when we saw him starting on Monday we thought it was a big clue that he could be set to return to the starting XI on Saturday.

And nothing we saw at Thorp Arch on Monday has convinced us otherwise.

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Rodrigo looked really sharp in the 45 minutes he got in yesterday’s win and he set up the opening goal for Cody Drameh.

A few jinks, a couple of feints and step-overs will hopefully have done enough to prove to the watching Marcelo Bielsa that he is ready to start against Tottenham.

It’s been a season to forget for Rodrigo but he is a genuinely world-class player who needs to find his feet at Elland Road.

He was a regular in the Spain starting XI before his injury problems and while he might have blown his shot at the Euros, his Leeds career is there for him to grab.

Former Leeds ace Michael Bridges said he was a “sensational signing” and we still think that can be the case.

The game against Tottenham is tailor-made for him, and with Tyler Roberts proving wildly inconsistent and lacking any end product, Rodrigo should start in the no.10 position.

If Raphinha is back as well then hopefully Patrick Bamford will start getting the sort of chances he was hoovering up in the first half of the season.

It’s time for change and it’s time for Rodrigo.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds Under-23s ace makes exciting first-team declaration after lifting PL2 trophy 

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