'Listen...' - Exclusive: Darren Bent delivers first-hand verdict on Leeds-Rodrigo
Darren Bent believes Leeds United strikers Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts will be frustrated at having to play in an attacking midfield role behind Patrick Bamford.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the 12-capped former England striker said he knows from first-hand experience how difficult it is to play out of position.
Roberts started the game against Sheffield United on Sunday in the number 10 role before being replaced by Rodrigo at half-time.
Bamford has started all three of Leeds’ Premier League games this season as a lone striker and has scored in all three including the winner against the Blades.
Asked by Football Insider what Rodrigo and Roberts will be thinking after playing out of position, Bent said: “It might be difficult but sometimes you’ve got to understand the situation of the team. At times it can be frustrating.
“I always wanted to play centre-forward but early on in my career, I was asked to play wide at times or positions I wasn’t comfortable in.
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“Listen if you helping the team, doing a job for the team and you’re in the team, that’s the most important thing.”
Rodrigo became Leeds’ record signing this window after completing an initial £27million move from Valencia earlier this window.
The 29-year-old played almost exclusively as a striker last season for the Spanish side where he scored seven goals in 34 games across all competitions.
Roberts, a striker by trade, was utilised on the wing and in attacking midfield by Marcelo Bielsa last season.
The 21-year-old netted four goals and contributed one assist in 23 games as Leeds won the Championship title.
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