By Adefunmiloye Alani

15th Sep, 2021 | 3:40pm

Bielsa not planning on using Rodrigo as a striker at Leeds

Leeds United attacker Rodrigo has struggled to make an impact this term, and questions remain over where his best position is.

The 30-year-old Spain international featured largely as a main striker in Valencia, but has had to settle for an attacking role behind Patrick Bamford at Elland Road, and that has not yielded the desired effects.

According to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, while he is regarded “as a disciplined and dedicated trainer” at Thorp Arch, there is no clamour for Marcelo Bielsa to replace the England international with Rodrigo and no temptation on the Argentine’s part to do so.

Conundrum

Being a versatile player comes with its disadvantages in football, and ironically, Rodrigo is not making an impact at Leeds mainly due to his ability to feature everywhere in attack.

Raphinha and Jack Harrison have established themselves as the first-choice wingers, and the acquisition of Dan James means Bielsa does not plan to use the Spaniard as one.

The Argentine does not play with two strikers, and Rodrigo would have limited opportunities if he wants to be deployed in what appears to be his favourite position.

Playing as an attacking midfielder is simply not working out for him at Elland Road at the moment, and the player and head coach have to find a way for that to happen.

His surge in form towards the end of last season was meant to set him up for a stronger second year at Leeds, but the initial signs this term have not been promising.

Rodrigo remains a quality player as evident during his time in Valencia and for Spain, but he has been a shadow of himself at Yorkshire, and it is a problem that is probably giving Bielsa a lot of headache.

In other Leeds news, Orta contacted PL giants about Whites loan deal for exceptional centre-mid.