'It's true' - Exclusive: Whelan makes big claim after 'Exciting' news from Leeds
Noel Whelan claims that Rodrigo Moreno could find it tough to adapt to the Premier League after his move to Leeds United was confirmed.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists there is no guarantee the Spanish hitman will be a success for Marcelo Bielsa but admits he is an “exciting” arrival on paper.
Leeds confirmed on Saturday morning that they had completed the signing of the 29-year-old for a club-record transfer fee.
✍️ #LUFC are delighted to announce the signing of Rodrigo from Valencia for a club record transfer fee
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 29, 2020
As revealed by Football Insider, the Whites are to pay Valencia a guaranteed £27million which could rise with performance-related add-ons.
Whelan believes moving back to the Premier League is going to be a “difficult transition” for the Spain international but insists it is an “exciting” bit of business for the club.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think the most important part of him knowing about the Premier League now is that he’s more mature – he’s 29-years-old, he’s established himself in Spain, been a very good player and watched by Real Madrid as well.
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“On that front, he’s developed and you would expect that anyway from a player who at a young age was in the Premier League and you learn a lot about yourself, how to play your game and master it.
“He’s done that over in Spain and it is going to be a difficult transition because it is the hardest league in the world, we keep saying it but it’s true.
“For £27million, potentially rising to £30million, time will tell and we’ll see whether that’s a good signing but right now, it looks exciting, everyone’s excited about the prospect of him putting a Leeds United shirt on.”
Rodrigo joins the likes of Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts and fellow new arrival Joe Gelhardt as the centre-forward options at Elland Road.
He netted 59 times in 220 appearances for Valencia and has eight goals in 22 games for Spain.