'I know for sure...' - Exclusive: Top pundit delivers verdict on Rodrigo after Bielsa claim
Rodrigo Moreno needs to show why Leeds United paid £27million for his services if he plays against Sheffield United this weekend, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, wants to see more from the 29-year-old but admits it is “difficult” to judge the player on just a few appearances.
Rodrigo was thrust into the starting eleven that beat Fulham 4-3 at Elland Road on Saturday after Pablo Hernandez suffered a groin injury in the warm up.
The Spain international is waiting to open his account for his new club following 73 minutes of Premier League action and a full 90 in the EFL Cup last week.
He arrived from Valencia in a club-record £27million deal last month and put pen to paper on a four year contract worth £100,000-a-week at Elland Road.
When asked by Football Insider for his early assessment of the striker, Whelan said:
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“Rodrigo needs to be more constructive with his work and a lot more influential when he is in possession. He needs to be affective in the right areas, those forward areas.
“I know for sure there is a player in there and it is difficult to judge a player after just a couple of appearances. He has quality because he is a Spanish international so he does not have anything to prove.
“But his performance, if he does play against Sheffield United, needs to be one that show that the £27million has been worth it.”
When speaking on Rodrigo performances against Hull and Fulham last week, Bielsa said: “He did a very good game against Hull from a physical standpoint.
“I thought that if he could replicate that physical performance, then he could have created a lot of danger against Fulham… but he lacked a bit of energy to show his qualities.”