By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

11th Nov, 2021 | 2:30pm

Rodrigo unlikely to be axed from Leeds United XI despite Bamford update - pundit

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Paul Robinson doesn’t expect Rodrigo to be dropped by Marcelo Bielsa once Patrick Bamford is available for Leeds United again.

Rodrigo, 30, has seen his form improve in recent weeks with the Spaniard scoring in back-to-back games against Wolves and Norwich before an impressive outing in the 1-1 draw with Leicester.

He’s been playing up front for most of those matches but Bamford might be on his way back to full fitness to play against Tottenham once the international break is over on November 21.

Injury expert Ben Dinnery has reported that there’s a chance the England striker will be in contention to play in North London next Sunday.

And if Bamford is back, Bielsa will have to drop someone.

According to Robinson, it won’t be Rodrigo.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, he said: “Rodrigo will benefit from the run of games he’s had, whether it be as a number nine or deeper in the midfield. He played a little bit deeper against Leicester.

His improvement and finding the form he’s found is down to him continually playing every week.

I think that will continue [when Bamford comes back] and whoever loses their place in the team, I think Rodrigo has played well enough not to be dropped.”

Rodrigo has played 10 times in the Premier League for Leeds this season, featuring up front and in the midfield.

With Bamford missing since mid-September, the Spaniard has played mainly as a striker and has definitely seen his form improve lately.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has said if Raphinha is pushing to quit the club amid interest from PSG.