'Excites me' - Exclusive: Top pundit Wowed by what he's seen from new Leeds signing
Michael Brown admits he is excited by the prospect of Rodrigo both scoring and creating goals for Leeds United this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder has heralded the striker’s composure and willingness to set his teammates up for the good of the side.
The 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes for Spain against Germany on Thursday night and chipped in with an assist for his side’s injury-time equaliser.
🇪🇸 Rodrigo played the full 90 minutes of Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany tonight, getting an assist in the final minute of the game pic.twitter.com/FwNAr16min
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 3, 2020
He also ended last season with 11 assists for Valencia across all competitions, two more than the number of goals he scored.
Brown believes that Rodrigo has demonstrated great awareness to set up his teammates to score on a regular basis and that he cannot wait to see the same at Elland Road.
Brown told Football Insider: “Well look at what you’ve got, you’ve that composure, so when it’s time to square it, he sees the pass.
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“That’s the difference, you remember Arsenal back in the day, however many times, whoever was through, they’d always have the ability to square it across the six-yard box and I always felt that was a moment and calmness, composure and team play.
“That excites me that he has that in his locker, that he wants to share it round and that’s what you need in the team.”
Rodrigo scored 38 goals and chipped in with 33 assists in his 172 La Liga appearances.
Leeds’ top creator last season was Pablo Hernandez with nine, while striker Patrick Bamford set up his teammates on four occasions.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has dropped a surprise Rodrigo/Hernandez claim after done deal.