Lucas Radebe has claimed that the entire Leeds United fanbase, himself included, is expecting a lot from new signing Rodrigo when the Premier League season begins.
The Whites signed attacker Rodrigo this summer from Valencia for a club record fee of £26million (BBC) and he’s moved to Elland Road to help them with a return to the top-flight.
Patrick Bamford did an excellent job in leading the line in the club’s title-winning campaign in the Championship last year, but they appear to have upgraded with the signing of a Spain international.
Rodrigo has linked up with the Leeds squad after impressing during the internatonal break with his country and is expecting to spearhead the attack in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The 29-year-old striker managed seven goals and 11 assists last season across all competitions for Valencia, but it’s his style of play that surely makes him most attractive as a Leeds signing.
Ex-Leeds defender Radebe has thrown down the gauntlet to the Spaniard by saying he will be expected to have a strong first season in Yorkshire.
“Having Rodrigo a £27million signing I think we expect a lot from him, even if we know he’s not prolific striker, but he suits the game that Bielsa plays in terms of exploiting the spaces and bursting into the opposition’s goals,” Radebe told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport (8:50pm, 9 September).
“I think a lot is going to be expected of him for scoring goals because that’s where we’ve been really consistent.”
Rodrigo is an intelligent centre-forward that is brilliant linking up with his teammates in the final third, so the Leeds attackers should be excited about working off him.
He is a left-footer that should slot nicely into the Leeds XI considering his football brain and he’s also got the work-rate required to be a success in the Bielsa team.
Rodrigo certainly isn’t Premier League proven despite a brief spell in English football with Bolton Wanderers in the early stages of his career, but he’s matured so much since then and he will become an instant Leeds hero if he can start the season strongly with some goals.