Marcelo Bielsa has been tipped to omit Rodrigo Moreno from the Leeds United starting XI once again in this weekend’s Premier League clash against Everton.
That is according to ex-England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the club-record signing who made such an impact during a brief cameo in last Sunday’s 0-0 thriller against Arsenal.
Rodrigo has made just three Premier League starts for Leeds since his club-record arrival from Valencia for an initial £27million after taking time to acclimatise either side of his recent self-isolation following a positive Covid-19 test.
Football Insider revealed that the Spain international is making a huge impression on his teammates with his “scintillating” efforts in training.
Many Leeds fans are calling on Bielsa to hand Rodrigo his fourth league start in Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off against sixth-placed Everton, especially in the continued absence of Pablo Hernandez as explained by Bielsa at his media conference on Thursday.
“I am not sure Bielsa will start Rodrigo. It would be a big call to bring him back in because Leeds were very, very unlucky at the weekend against Arsenal,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“They deserved to win the football and match and how they didn’t is beyond me. It might be a case of keeping the same team and going again.
“Bielsa might come up with something we didn’t expect. If he does start it is now the time for him to find his form and prove his worth.”
Rodrigo has scored just one goal for Leeds since joining in late August and has completed 90 minutes only once in the Premier League.
Phillips added: “We have seen glimpses but if he comes in he has to perform. If I was Bielsa I would certainly not be worrying about relegation if you perform like that every week.
“That team is so fit, they just keep going and going. Leeds need someone else to step up and help Bamford score goals and that is what Rodrigo was brought there for.”