Pundit slams Rodrigo as big-money Leeds United star exit predicted in Times reveal

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Paul Robinson feels Leeds United have not seen the best of Rodrigo with a move away mooted for the Spain forward this month.

Times journalist Mike McGrath suggested on 31 December that Rodrigo, 30, is someone who Leeds should be looking to move on before the January transfer window.

Since joining from Valencia in a club-record sign in August 2020, Rodrigo hasn’t hit the heights expected of him and he’s currently out injured with a heel issue.

In the summer, Rodrigo was linked with a move to Barcelona and The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported on 1 December that interest from the Nou Camp could still be there.

When asked about whether Rodrigo should be moved on this month, Robinson admitted that he’s not been too impressed by the Spanish forward’s performances.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the ex-goalkeeper said: “He’s got to step up and he hasn’t done that this season.

He’s been given the opportunity to play as a No 9 and I think he’s played better there.

When he had a run of games in that position, he showed that he can be the player that we know he can be.

If he’s the top-earner at the club then he has to play like the top-earner at the club.

Unfortunately, he’s had his injuries and suspensions and like most players this season, he’s out injured again. But there’s definitely a top-class player in there but we just haven’t seen the best of him.”

Rodrigo has scored nine goals in 43 appearances across all competitions since joining Leeds last summer.

The Times has previously reported that he earns around £100,000-a-week on his deal at Elland Road, which expires in 2024.

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