Leeds fans call for Rodrigo to have a run as a striker
Leeds play Newcastle on Friday night and the fans want to see a change in Rodrigo’s role.
The Spanish veteran has rarely been used as a striker by Marcelo Bielsa, but it’s what the fans want to see.
So far at Elland Road, Patrick Bamford has been the out and out striker in the Premier League.
However, it might be time for a change.
The Whites have only managed to amass two points from their first four Premier League games and sit 17th in the league.
Recently, Phil Hay has written about Rodrigo’s struggles at Leeds, which has led to many fans calling for him to be used as a striker.
The fans don’t want to see Bamford dropped, they just want to see Rodrigo and Bamford’s roles to be switched.
The argument for this is that Bamford is more likely to track back and get stuck in defensively than Rodrigo.
It would also allow the former Valencia man to use his pace going forward pulling away from opposition centre-backs.
It doesn’t have to be a permanent move.
Against teams that play a high line, Rodrigo’s pace in behind should be exploited.
Meanwhile, when trying to break down a low block, Bamford could be the way forward with his movement away from defenders.
Rodrigo has certainly shown promise.
Across 29 Premier League games Rodrigo has seven goals and two assists.
Considering most of his appearances have come in midfield, that’s impressive.
If the experiment is tried and fails then the fans will stop calling for it.
But until they’ve seen the Spaniard given a chance as a striker they’ll be keen to give it a go, especially if they remain winless.
You can read the Leeds fans’ calls for Rodrigo to be used as a striker here:
Rather see him as a 9 leading line and Bamford as the 10 he has more of a propensity to track back naturally and Rodrigos instincts to run in behind drags cbs deeper plus he has that pace bamford lacks— Bryn Johnson (@BrynLufc) September 15, 2021
The middle of the final third is where we are lacking passes or through balls. Whatever balls we do get through Bamford isn’t holding on to them neither. I really do think Rodrigo is our best No9. Play him in the No9 role & see our link up play improve massively— Adam Ross (@rossi_on) September 15, 2021
Play him as an out and out number nine! We saw what he could do last few games of last season. Best finisher we have at the club.— Carl Godwin (@Godwin1Carl) September 15, 2021
He’s a striker, isn’t he? I hoped his cameos upfront late last season were a sign Bielsa would be swapping between him and Bamford this year.— SirMontgomery (@SirMontgomery1) September 15, 2021
You watch this lad fly if he gets a run at number 9.— Silky (@silkyjohn30) September 15, 2021
Maybe if he was playing up top and not as a 10— Tony Fitzgerald (@ScottTonyfitz11) September 15, 2021
Hes a forward not a midfielder, simple as that— Mikey P (@mikeyplufc) September 15, 2021
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