'Tony Adams is very excited about him' - Pundit reacts to Leeds team news v Arsenal
It is a “big boost” for Leeds United to have Rodrigo Moreno fit and available again, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England striker claimed the Whites have “every opportunity” to get a result against Arsenal after Tony Adams favourite Thomas Partey was ruled out.
The Ghanaian was replaced at half-time against Aston Villa before the international break with a thigh strain that will see him miss the Elland Road clash.
Rodrigo returned to training this week after a period of self-isolation and Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that he would be in the squad.
With the Spain international usually operating behind the striker and Partey in a defensive midfield role, Phillips was looking forward to the contest between the pair.
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“That would have been a key battle if they were both fit,” he told Football Insider.
“Partey looks the business and it looks like he has a bit of everything. Tony Adams is very excited about this player from what he has seen so far.
“That would have been an interesting matchup in midfield and I think Leeds have got every opportunity of getting a result against Arsenal. Going to Elland Road, anything can happen.
“That would have been an interesting duel. To have Rodrigo back in the squad is a big boost for Marcelo Bielsa.”
Rodrigo has started three Premier League games for Leeds since his record breaking move from Valencia in the summer.
The 29-year-old has scored once this term, a vital equaliser against Manchester City in October.
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