'Game-changer' - Exclusive: Manager reacts to early Leeds team news via Instagram
Alex McLeish has insisted the return of Rodrigo Moreno will be a “great” boost for Leeds United ahead of Sunday’s clash against Arsenal.
The former Premier League manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the Spanish forward may be the “game-changer” Marcelo Bielsa’s men have been missing in recent games.
The 29-year-old took to his personal Instagram account on Tuesday to confirm he had returned to training at Thorp Arch ahead of the return to domestic action versus the Gunners.
Rodrigo has missed Leeds’ last two games against Leicester City and Crystal Palace – which both ended in a 4-1 defeat for the Whites – due to a positive Covid-19 test.
McLeish has admitted it may take time for the Spain international to get back up to full speed but that his return could make a big impact for Marcelo Bielsa and his men.
McLeish told Football Insider: “You would want him to be back razor-sharp. Sometimes when a player is injured or missing for a couple of games, it takes them 20 minutes or so to get into the game.
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“When you’re looking for a game-changer to be winning games for your team then they’ve got to hit the ground running.
“He would obviously be a great comeback for Leeds but he has to be hitting the ground running because they’ve had a couple setbacks results-wise, big goals against them and they not only need to be scoring at the other end, I’m sure Bielsa has got a strategy for the defence.”
Rodrigo’s only goal for Leeds so far came in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City back at the start of October.
He has a total of seven appearances under his belt since his summer move, four of which have come among the starting XI.