By Craig Scott

16th Aug, 2022 | 7:40am

Garth Crooks names Leeds United ace Rodrigo in team of the week as Erik ten Hag slammed

Garth Crooks has named Rodrigo in his Premier League team of the week after the Leeds United forward scored twice in the 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday.

Rodrigo, 31, has scored three times now this season, which is already half of the tally he amassed for the Whites last term in 30 Premier League appearances.

BBC Sport pundit Crooks has hailed Jesse Marsch for getting the best out of the Spain international, who toiled for Leeds in his first two seasons at Elland Road.

Writing on the BBC Sport website, Crooks said: “With Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips no longer at Elland Road, it’s reasonable to assume Leeds might struggle this season.

“However, their opening fixtures have been very positive and all credit to manager Jesse Marsch, who seems to be bringing the best out of the players he’s got, such as Rodrigo who now has three goals in two games after disappointing last season.

“What a pity Manchester United don’t seem to have a manager who can do the same.”

Marsching on together

We really do have to hand it to Marsch.

Since controversially replacing Marcelo Bielsa as manager back in February, the American has sealed Premier League survival, overseen a major overhaul of the squad and finally got a tune out of Rodrigo.

That’s something Bielsa didn’t manage to do in his two and a half seasons managing the Spain international.

Rodrigo always felt like a Victor Orta signing.

He didn’t really fit Bielsa’s system, which is why he found himself being played in a number of different positions in the attack and in the midfield.

Marsch seems to have found some continuity for Rodrigo now though and is either playing him in the attacking midfield role or as a false nine, as we saw on Saturday at Southampton when Patrick Bamford went off injured.

We wouldn’t trust Rodrigo to score goals regularly in the centre-forward role but if he continues playing the way he does in a deeper-lying role up front, then we could be looking at a double-digit campaign for the ex-Valencia man.

Marsch has done well with Rodrigo and he’s done well on the whole as Leeds manager so far.

Let’s hope this continues.

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