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Paul Robinson saw how Rodrigo’s heart sank when he gave away a penalty as he made his Leeds United debut at Liverpool on Sunday.
Leeds were level at 3-3 when new record-signing Rodrigo, 29, brought down Fabinho in the penalty area to allow Mohamed Salah to score his hat-trick and Liverpool’s winner.
Ex-Whites goalkeeper Robinson is a fan of Rodrigo and believes that his move to Elland Road could be the start of a new dawn for him.
But the Spain forward could not hide his disappointment after conceding the penalty.
“He’s a top player. He had a tough season last year where he only scored seven due to a lack of form and injuries but I think this could be the new start that he needs under Bielsa,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“He’s definitely going to play, he’s definitely going to get chances.
“The early signs were good but I can’t remember a game in recent history where two debutants have given away two penalties.
“It was freakish and you could see both of them, on their faces, their hearts just sank. It wasn’t an ideal start for either of them.”
Rodrigo earned just over half-an-hour of game-time when he came off the bench at Anfield to make his Leeds and Premier League debut.
According to stats by WyScout, the ex-Valencia striker completed just one of the two passes he attempted, won just two of the 11 duels he was involved in and lost the ball five times in his own half.
Let’s face it – it wasn’t a good debut for Rodrigo.
But that doesn’t mean we’re going to tear him to shreds or write him off as a fraud or a flop. He needs time.
It didn’t help his debut was coming off the bench against the best team in England and one of the best in the whole world.
Rodrigo will improve, we’re sure of that.
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