By Sam Stone

7th Dec, 2022 | 7:40am

Spain to regret massive Rodrigo error as Leeds United ace witnesses embarrassment v Morocco from afar

It’s been a superb start to the season for Rodrigo but the Leeds United striker must be livid after seeing Spain crash out of the World Cup against Morocco.

Luis Enrique’s team were toothless in front of goal and despite having 77 per cent of the possession, they managed one shot on target. Many critics before the World Cup bemoaned Spain’s lack of firepower and it was there for all to see, with Enrique deciding to not line up with a recognised striker in his lineup.

Their haplessness in front of goal was summed up as they missed all three of their penalties to crash out of the competition at the first knockout stage.

They scored seven in their first match, but that was purely down to Costa Rica being completely and utterly woeful on the night. It’s clear a clinical striker was needed and the decision to not choose Rodrigo looks to have backfired. The Leeds United striker has nine goals in 13 Premier League appearances compared to Morata’s five goals in 19.

The Atletico Madrid striker has performed well at the World Cup and Enrique was right to choose him, however, ignoring a player who has been prolific in a much harder league has come back to bite the Spain manager.

It must be extremely frustrating for Rodrigo, with the 31-year-old now unlikely to get another World Cup shot for his country. The European Championships in 2024 could well be a possibility, but the chance to perform on the World stage now seems too far-fetched.

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There’s every chance that if he had been selected he would have thrived in Spain’s system, with there being a number of attacking openings and balls into the box.

He’s got every right to be absolutely seething after Tuesday’s (6 December) events. Furthermore, Spanish fans and the media will have every right to question Enrique’s decision not to call up the in-from Leeds striker.

It will certainly be a controversial talking point when the press in Spain begin to delve into what went wrong in Qatar.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.