Leeds United fans across the world will have tuned in to watch Spain play against Germany in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday to watch Rodrigo in action for the first time since his club-record move to Elland Road from Valencia.
Leeds paid around £27million when they signed Rodrigo, 29, from the Spanish club last week to hand Marcelo Bielsa his new number nine for when the 2020/21 Premier League season kicks off later this month.
However, Rodrigo’s first impression to Leeds fans was not the greatest when he failed to make the most of a good opportunity to get on the scoresheet early on.
As seen on the Sky Sports Football Twitter account, Rodrigo showed a great bit of pace to get to the ball and round Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
However, the new Leeds striker failed to get a shot away before Trapp redeemed himself and slid in to stop the Spain ace from having an attempt at goal.
Big chance for Spain!
Leeds United new-boy Rodrigo rounds the Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp but can't get his shot away!
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 3, 2020
Leeds fans have offered a mixed reaction to Rodrigo’s squandered half-chance, but most of them have approached it with good humour.
At the end of the day, this is one chance in one match after not playing any pre-season matches and ending last season with an injury.
Rodrigo was expected to be carrying a bit of rust and that might have affected his ability to make the most of that chance against Germany in Stuttgart.
But many have already joked that he’s shown he’ll fit right in at Leeds but not being able to take chances, with others comparing him to last season’s top goalscorer Patrick Bamford for the high number of opportunities he failed to convert.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
— Mighty Prem Pod (@mightywhitespod) September 3, 2020
He’ll settle in quite nicely! 😂😂 https://t.co/oHFMjYqp1M
— IsThatConfirmed 🏆 (@IsThatConfirmed) September 3, 2020
We kept the receipt right? 👀 https://t.co/0HvSyrK7Ia
— Alex (@RiotBadger) September 3, 2020
First name Patrick? https://t.co/gahoyMPi29
— jim (@jimLUFC) September 3, 2020
— WALMOT (@WALMOTtv) September 3, 2020
— Through It All Together (@ThruItAllLUFC) September 3, 2020
Come on guys, Rodrigo hasn't played any preseason games yet, he's going to be rusty. #LUFC
— FocusOnLeeds (@FocusOnLeeds) September 3, 2020
Rodrigo should’ve buried that
— CHAMPIONS!! 🏆 (@NothingButLUFC) September 3, 2020
We bought a Spanish Bamford ffs
— Cam (@camlufc10) September 3, 2020
At least someone is looking at the positives in the next tweet.
Rodrigo did brilliantly to create the chance for himself – although Trapp’s rash decision to storm out of his penalty box did help.
But still, Rodrigo was perhaps a bit unfortunate to not get himself a goal for the hard work he did beforehand.
— Bielsa 🇦🇷🏆 (@BielsaCARAJO_) September 3, 2020
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