Rarely-seen Leeds player ‘Scintillating’ in training as teammates blown away – Sources
Rodrigo Moreno has delivered some “scintillating” performances in training that have blown his new Leeds United teammates away.
The club-record signing, 29, has made just three starts for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, after his blockbuster August move from Valencia for an initial £27million.
Leeds sources have told Football Insider that Rodrigo is making a big impression behind the scenes at Thorp Arch after taking time to acclimatise either side of his recent self-isolation following a positive Covid-19 test.
The 25-times Spain international has dazzled on the training pitches with his footwork, dribbling and ball manipulation, and most especially with his excellent left foot.
Teammates are said to be excited about what he can do in the coming months as he gets used to the Premier League and life in England.
Bielsa and his coaching staff have been re-integrating Rodrigo back into the Leeds team gradually and he was a late substitute in last Sunday’s 0-0 thriller against Arsenal.
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Less than 24 hours later, the versatile forward played the opening period of the Under-23s’ 2-1 win against West Brom in Premier League 2.
Bielsa admitted post-match following the Gunners stalemate that he needed more minutes “to get back to the level he was prior” to his excellent display in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa.
That was just one of three league starts for Rodrigo since his arrival, and he has still only completed 90 minutes in the competition on one occasion.
Leeds have high hopes that Rodrigo will provide greater cutting edge to the team in and around the box, and help the team capitalise on their dominant play and ability to create chances.