Noel Whelan has tipped Rodrigo Moreno to be a Leeds United sensation next season after he scored a long overdue goal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and Coventry forward backed the 30-year-old to justify his club-record £29million price tag in the 2021-22 campaign after a disrupted start to life in England.

Rodrigo scored his fourth goal of the season and his first this calendar year, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side ran out 3-1 victors over Tottenham at Elland Road on Saturday.

The Spain international has started just three league games in 2021 because of a groin injury and fitness problems.

Whelan is over the moon to see Rodrigo back on the scoresheet after a difficult few months on the sidelines.

“It was a brilliant finish from a brilliant player on Saturday,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs. “It was emphatic and you could not tell that he had been out for that long.

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“If anyone deserved something to go right for him it was Rodrigo. I think he really needed that goal, more than anybody in that squad. He needed that for his confidence, his self-belief and his general happiness at the club.

“He has been in and out this season because of Covid, injuries etc. There is nobody that needed it more than him.

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“I really hope he now kicks on until the end of the season. If he finishes strongly, I expect him to show everyone why we broke our transfer record to sign him.

“He needs to prove to the fans that £29million was well spent. Come next season I expect to see a lot more from him and that is what we need. If you are going to be the top earner at a club and the record signing, you have got to prove you’re worth it.”

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