Exclusive: Kevin Phillips Wowed by 'Unbelievable' Leeds transfer development
Kevin Phillips has hailed Leeds United for signing a “proven goalscorer” in Rodrigo Moreno even if it did “cost a bit more than the club would have liked”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international insisted that it would prove to be “unbelievable business” if the 29-year-old scores the goals that keep the Whites in the Premier League next season.
The club confirmed the signing of the Spain international yesterday for a club-record fee as the striker put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Elland Road.
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Football Insider revealed that Leeds will pay Valencia a guaranteed £27million for Rodrigo as well performance-related add-ons.
He becomes the club’s highest paid player on £100,000-a-week, significantly more than Leeds’ current highest earners Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla on £60,000-a-week.
When asked by Football Insider if he believed the Spanish forward would prove to be a smart signing by the newly-promoted side, Phillips said: “Marcelo Bielsa ain’t no mug.
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“He knows what he is doing and while it is a lot of money he is bringing in a proven goalscorer.
“Rodrigo has done it in a tough European league. It does not mean everything because we saw many strikers come into new teams last season and struggle to score goals.
“If I am a Leeds supporter, that is a decent signing. It may have cost a bit more than they would have liked to pay but if he keeps them in the Premier League it turns out to be unbelievable business.
“Bielsa has that record of getting the best out of players. He did it with Bamford last season. Rodrigo now needs to hit the ground running.”
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