By Kealan Hughes

13th Mar, 2021 | 9:37am

Rodrigo: Covid and injury have prevented me reaching my peak at Leeds

Rodrigo feels he has more to offer Leeds United as his season has been disrupted by Covid and injury.

He is happy at the club and with what he has shown in his 19 appearances, but feels he has a lot more to give.

The Spaniard spoke of adjusting to the Whites after his summer move and reflected on catching Covid and his recent injury.

“Obviously it has been an irregular year,” Rodrigo told AS.

“At first I had to adapt and it was difficult for me to get into the team.

“When I did, I caught COVID, two weeks totally stopped, and when I got back into the rhythm, I got injured and I haven’t been able to play for a month.

“In this context, I am happy with the displays in the 19 games that I have put in but the fact that my season was disrupted has prevented me from reaching greater heights.”

More to come

Rodrigo has had to overcome obstacles since moving to Leeds but he remains upbeat and determined to impress, which is good to see.

He has had to cope with a new league, new surroundings and even a new position.

He’s also had to adjust to a way more physical regime.

Marcelo Bielsa is also a very demanding manager but Rodrigo has embraced change and is eager to show his best.

We have benefited from his signing and look a much better team with Rodrigo – we have won just twice in seven games since his injury in January.

Next season could see the 30-year-old raise his game further.

He is settled now both in the country and in the squad and should benefit from a full pre-season, as will his teammates.

If he can remain injury-free he will get a chance to find a rhythm in the team once more, and that should lead to improved performances – as it has with Raphinha.

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