'I'd be Concerned if I'm a Leeds fan' - Exclusive: Phillips makes worrying Rodrigo claim
Kevin Phillips fears Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno could follow in the footsteps of Joelinton, Sebastien Haller and Wesley in struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that he “would be concerned” if he was a Leeds supporter having watched Rodrigo’s performances against Liverpool, Hull City and Fulham.
The 29-year-old was a late inclusion in the starting eleven that beat Fulham 4-3 at Elland Road on Saturday after Pablo Hernandez suffered a groin injury in the warm up.
Rodrigo is waiting to open his account for his new club following 73 minutes of Premier League action and a full 90 in the EFL Cup last week.
Signed for a club-record £27million fee last month, the striker put pen to paper on a four year contract worth £100,000-a-week at Elland Road.
When asked by Football Insider for his early assessment of the Spain international, Phillips said: “I think he could be one of those.
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“I fear it will take him a while to settle in. He has come from Valencia to a side where he will probably not get as many opportunities but it is now up to the player to perform.
“The pace of the game will take him a while and the kind of style that Marcelo Bielsa plays. For me, I would be concerned if I am a Leeds supporter because they have paid a lot of money for him.
“We saw it last year with Joelinton, Wesley, Haller – big players who have not performed in the Premier League.
“Let’s hope that six weeks, two months down the line we are not having this conversation. Let’s hope he gets off the mark soon.”