Bent Exclusive: Leeds big name may be unhappy with role he's been given by Bielsa
Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno may be “frustrated” playing in a deeper number 10 role, according to Darren Bent.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claimed that while it may be “difficult” for the 29-year-old the team comes first.
Rodrigo dropped to the bench against Sheffield United today having started last weekend’s win against Fulham in the absence of the injured Pablo Hernandez.
He replaced Tyler Roberts at half time and played as a number 10 as Marcelo Bielsa’s side won their second successive game thanks to a late header from Patrick Bamford.
Rodrigo can play across the forward line but has predominantly been utilised as a number nine by his former clubs Valencia and Benfica, as well as the Spanish international side.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of where the Spain international is playing for Leeds, Bent said:
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“It might be difficult for Rodrigo but sometimes you have to understand the situation of the team. It can be frustrating when you are asked to play in a deeper role, at times.
“In my career I was asked to play wide at times even though I was a centre-forward. It was a position that I was not comfortable in but if you are asked to do a job for the team and you are in the team – that is the most important thing.”
Speaking on Rodrigo’s performance, Bielsa said: “He showed more of the player he is. He allowed attacks to finish in the opposition half and he played 45 minutes in which we played better, that makes it easier to play well. He also helped making us play better.
“A good step forward for him. He is a player who has the capacity to unbalance which he has not shown yet.”
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