Jesse Marsch to make unfair Rodrigo decision for Leeds United clash v Crystal Palace - Sky Sports pundit

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Jesse Marsch will make an “unfair” move to drop Rodrigo back into the midfield when Leeds United play Crystal Palace this weekend, according to Paul Robinson.

Rodrigo, 31, has started this season in great goalscoring form but Patrick Bamford is now back to full fitness and should be available to start up front at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

With Luis Sinisterra banned for the trip to South London, Robinson has backed Marsch to start 29-year-old Bamford and drop Rodrigo back into the attacking midfield position behind the striker.

“This is the problem Leeds had last year when Patrick was out of the side. As soon as Patrick was fit or Dan James was fit, Rodrigo would be moved deeper into the midfield and it didn’t seem to suit him,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

When he arrived at Leeds, he was playing at number nine for Spain.

His performances so far this season mean he deserves an opportunity to play there and stay there.

Yes, Leeds play better when Bamford is fit. But I think Rodrigo’s stake a claim to play at nine and not be moved out of that position.

With Patrick fit, Leeds fans want to see him among the goals but I think it would be unfair on Rodrigo to take him out of the striker role and drop him behind.

But with Sinisterra suspended, I think that will happen so it’s an easy decision for Jesse Marsch. Rodrigo will drop into a three with Jack Harrison and Brenden Aaronson with Patrick coming in up top.”

Rodrigo started the Premier League season with four goals and an assist in three matches.

He hasn’t found the back of the net since the 3-0 win over Chelsea on 21 August but he was forced off with a shoulder injury in the draw with Everton and didn’t play again until the draw with Aston Villa at the weekend.

Bamford has played five times now this season in the Premier League and looked sharp in his substitute appearance against the Villans on Sunday.

In other Leeds United news, Adam Forshaw has shared how Marsch tore into one player in front of everyone at traning.