McLeish: Leeds star 'in line' to make first start since January in clash v Man City

Rodrigo is “in line” to return to the Leeds United starting XI against Manchester City, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss suggested Marcelo Bielsa would be delighted to have so many attacking options at his disposal.

Rodrigo returned from injury to start on the bench against Sheffield United last time out.

He came on for Patrick Bamford with 25 minutes left to lead the line against the Blades.

However, he has primarily been used as an attacking midfielder by Bielsa since his £27million move last summer.

His last start came back in January.

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Wales international Tyler Roberts stepped up in the Spaniard’s recent absence and has now started seven consecutive games.

McLeish admitted results and other players’ performances would be giving Bielsa a headache over bringing Rodrigo back into the line-up.

However, he insisted the Argentine boss would be thrilled to have top-quality options on hand.

Asked if he thought the Spain international could start, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He’s in line but you never say that he’s going to just come back in.

“With Leeds’ results and the performances of the players, Raphinha for instance. He’s just different gravy, isn’t he? Somebody that runs at defenders, wrong-foots them. What a signing he’s been.

“It’s great when you’ve got that competition. The guy who will be happy about that most will be Bielsa.” 

Rodrigo has started 12 of his 21 Premier League appearances so far since joining from Valencia.

He scored his first Leeds goal in the reverse fixture against Manchester City back in October.

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