Pundit Exclusive: Leeds star tipped for new position after Thorp Arch sighting
Gabriel Agbonlahor has urged Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to use record signing Rodrigo Moreno as a centre-forward rather than a deeper attacking role.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker was left wowed by the Spaniard’s 20-minute cameo against Arsenal on Sunday.
Rodrigo was introduced from the bench in the 0-0 draw in a number 10 role and almost won the game with a thunderous late shot that hit the crossbar.
It was the 29-year-old’s first appearance for Bielsa’s side since he was forced into self-isolation at the beginning of the month.
He stepped up his return to match fitness on Monday when he played the first half for Leeds U23s against West Brom at Thorp Arch.
Rodrigo has operated behind the striker in his appearances in the Premier League this term.
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But Agbonlahor has suggested his turn of pace could offer an alternative to Bamford when he is not being effective.
He told Football Insider: “Leeds did play well against Arsenal and Bamford did have some good chances.
“But I just feel if they had another striker could come on with a bit more pace who could make some runs in behind then I thought that was what Leeds were missing.
“They needed some pace down the middle because everything was in front of Arsenal.
“Rodrigo just looked sharp and hungry and that’s got to be good news for Leeds United with him coming back into the side for the next few fixtures.
“Maybe he can be someone who can come on for Bamford if he’s not getting the goals in games.”
Rodrigo has started just three Premier League games for the Whites since his summer move from Valencia.
He has scored once this season, a crucial equaliser against Manchester City at the beginning of October.
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