Leeds United: Jesse Marsch could have made Rodrigo best player in the world
Jesse Marsch believes he could have made Leeds striker Rodrigo the best player in the world if he had met him when he was 18.
Rodrigo has led the Leeds attack brilliantly this season with nine goals in the Premier League, as the Whites look to establish themselves as a Premier League side having avoided relegation narrowly last season.
Rodrigo has really come to life under Marsch’s tutelage since the American joined the club earlier in the calendar year, and Marsch believes that had they met when the Spaniard was a youngster he could have made him one of the best players in the world.
“You have to get to know players to really unearth the potential of their personality, within what their qualities are as a player,” he said, writing in a column for The Athletic (18 November). “And that’s often the fun for me of being a coach.
“A lot of times with me it’s young players, but that’s not always the case.
“We have Rodrigo at Leeds, and he’s 31 and I’ve even had a conversation with him at one point and said it’s too bad I didn’t know him when he was 18 because I could have helped make him one of the best players in the world — I truly believe that.
“But in the process at Leeds, we’re still uncovering new potentials for him and he’s committed and adapted incredibly well.
“But to do that I’ve had to really get to know Rodrigo as a person and what makes him tick.”
It’s definitely fair to say that Rodrigo’s best moments in a Leeds shirt have come under the attacking style and intensity of Marsch’s style of play.
But for Marsch to believe he could have made Rodrigo one of the best players in the world is a big stretch, considering that at no point in his youth days was he considered to be a stand out talent.
If Marsch was able to have such a transformative effect on the player who was at one point the club’s record signing, then you’d hope that he can drag this Leeds side away from yet another relegation battle.
He definitely bought himself some time in the job with recent wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth, while the attacking performance against Spurs was encouraging even in defeat.
But with so many goals conceded it’s inevitable that we’ll get dragged into a scrap once again, and Marsch must find a way to get that working instead of thinking about hypotheticals that won’t help this team.
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