By Craig Scott

14th Jan, 2022 | 7:40am

Rodrigo unlikely to be involved for Leeds United in clash v West Ham

Phil Hay doubts Rodrigo will return from injury when Leeds United play against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.

On 11 January, Mirror journalist David Anderson reported on Twitter that Rodrigo, 30, should be available to play against the Hammers, as well as Patrick Bamford.

However, The Athletic journalist Hay has cast doubt upon that claim due to how long it has been since Rodrigo last played for the Whites.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show, he said: “There was a bit of talk earlier in the week that Rodrigo might be ok.

“But Rodrigo hasn’t played since the end of November so given Bielsa’s track record, it would be a little bit of a surprise to see him get bombed in straight away at West Ham.”

Hay added it’s “pointless” trying to guess Leeds’ injuries until Bielsa’s press conference is held.

We can get by

Rodrigo may be one of the most expensive signings in Leeds’ history and also one of the biggest earners, with The Times reporting he’s on £100,000-a-week at Elland Road.

However, he’s by no means one of the most important players at the club and Leeds can get by without the Spain international.

It’s harsh – but it’s true.

Rodrigo has been with the Whites for a year and a half now and we still cannot say for sure where his best position is.

In 43 appearances for the Yorkshire giants across all competitions, Rodrigo has scored nine goals and assisted two.

When he plays as an attacking midfielder, he seems to be sold short by Bielsa but when he plays up front, he’s not been clinical enough and failed to take the chances that Patrick Bamford would take.

Rodrigo will turn 31 within the next couple of months and also enter the final two years of his contract in the summer.

We would not be shocked if this season is his last at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, this senior star seems more likely to exit Leeds this month amid a new transfer report.