Phil Hay has called new Leeds United signing Rodrigo a “class act” and said he “could be a huge player in the next 2-3 years.”
Leeds signed Rodrigo for £27m from Valencia over the summer and he has started showing his true form in the number 10 position for Leeds after most fans thought he would play as a striker.
He’s put in masterclasses against Man City, Aston Villa and Arsenal and Hay thinks that his form will push Pablo Hernandez down the pecking order at Leeds.
Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast, the Athletic journalist was talking about the recent bust-up between Marcelo Bielsa and Pablo Hernandez.
“Irrespective of Bielsa’s attitude or Hernandez’s fitness, he is starting to slip back in the pecking order,” Hay said.
“Rodrigo was so good when he came on [against Arsenal] that there’s an argument that he could have made that substitution sooner, let him loose at the point Arsenal were down to 10 and ready to sit back.
“He looks like a class act and looks better and better value at £27m each time he plays. He could be a huge player in the next 2-3 years.
“If Rodrigo is fit and available and Klich is in anything near top form I don’t think anyone else has a look-in in those positions.
Rodrigo solves big Leeds problem
Leeds had said their priority over the summer was a new striker, after the deal for Jean-Kevin Augustin fell through.
When Leeds signed Rodrigo, many fans thought he would be the player to finally displace Patrick Bamford in the number nine position.
However, despite playing number nine for Spain, Bielsa had other ideas for Rodrigo after Bamford started the season on fire.
And he looks tailor-made for the number 10 position. Leeds were always going to struggle to get 90 minutes out of Hernandez on a regular basis.
And finding a long-term replacement for him has been one of the big player issues at Leeds. That looks like it’s been solved now.
We think Rodrigo starts there against Everton on Saturday, after playing 45 minutes for the Under-23s on Monday.
And we think he could be the key to unlocking a weakened Everton defence.
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