Whelan Exclusive: Leeds have found their Pablo Hernandez successor
Leeds United attacker Rodrigo will be the long-term successor of Pablo Hernandez, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds striker and boyhood Whites fan said he always thought the club’s record signing’s attributes were more suited to an attacking midfield role.
The Spanish international operated as a striker for La Liga side Valenica last season where he scored seven goals in 32 appearances.
However, since moving to the Yorkshire giants Marcelo Bielsa has used his record signing in the number 10 role in Hernandez’s absence.
Hernandez has started just one game this season as he suffered a groin injury last month and Whelan believes the Spanish pair will share the role this season.
He told Football Insider: “I thought Rodrigo was a number 10 anyway, I didn’t think he was going to be an out-and-out striker not when I looked at his stats, not when I saw the way he played.
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“He doesn’t always go through the middle, he likes to play behind and drop into that number 10 role. When you have someone like that there’s no point having a number 10 because they’re going to get in each other’s way.
“He’s a number 10, I always knew from the word go that he was Pablo Hernandez’s successor.
“He’ll be there fighting him.
“Because he knows Pablo is getting a certain age and the way he plays means he’s going to pick up little niggles he’s not going to be able to play a full season of games in the Premier League although I hope he can.
“Neither is Rodrigo at times, he’ll get niggles or injuries. There are a lot of games and internationals so they’ll be a lot of travelling so you’ve got to take that into consideration.
“They’re going to share the load at times and two Spanish internationals vying for that number 10 spot I’m more than happy with that it just shows the quality that we have.”
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