By Saikat Mandal

17th Nov, 2022 | 2:40pm

David Prutton raves about Leeds United forward Rodrigo as he proes his worth

David Prutton has showered heaps of praise on Leeds United forward Rodrigo for his excellent goalscoring form.

While writing his column for The Yorkshire Evening Post, the Sky Sports EFL Championship host has suggested that the former Valencia forward is finally showing what he is capable of.

Rodrigo joined the Whites in the summer of 2020 for a fee of around £26m [BBC Sport], signed by former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

“The team is built to attack, no doubt about it and Rodrigo is now playing the way that he is and scoring the goals that he is and showing what he is capable of once again. But Leeds need that on a very regular basis, particularly coming back in December,” wrote Prutton for the Yorkshire Evening Post (17 November).

Marsch-effect

Rodrigo struggled in his first season at Leeds, and there were even suggestions abut whether the club had made a mistake by signing him. 

It is only under Jesse Marsch, the Spanish striker has blossomed into a reliable player. The Whites boss sees the 31-year-old as a leader in the side, and he has given him the confidence that he was lacking. 

There have been games where Rodrigo has badly underperformed, but he is now brimming with confidence after scoring nine Premier League goals this season. He is now getting into good scoring positions, and the Spaniard is finally proving his worth.

He is still not a proper number nine and the club do need to sign a genuine striker in the January window. But his goals have helped the club pick up important victories, and lift the pressure after a torrid run of form since August. 

Leeds probably need to change their approach after the World Cup break. They are a brilliant attacking side, but their gung-ho cavalier style leaves the defence brutally exposed, and they keep on conceding goals. 

The policy of outscoring the opponent is not a sustainable model in the Premier League, and this is one area Marsch needs to work on during this break.

In other Leeds newsLuke Ayling’s exit could be on the cards in January as clubs look to sign him.