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Report: Bielsa and Leeds coaching staff have all been really impressed by 'brilliant' player in training

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Marcelo Bielsa has been impressed by Rodrigo’s work on the training ground at Leeds United, the Athletic report.

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Rodrigo’s time at Leeds to date has been one of rather mixed success.

The Spaniard was the club’s record signing, but his first season at Leeds wasn’t a rip-roaring success.

The 30-year-old, who Stephen Warnock has previously labelled ‘brilliant’ (BBC), showed his quality in patches, particularly towards the end of the year, but never really managed to nail down a consistent place in the side.

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Rodrigo has now been given more opportunities this term, but there is a feeling that he isn’t ideally suited to the number 10 role.

Finding a role

With Patrick Bamford up-front, Rodrigo is never likely to lead the line for Leeds, and he doesn’t look entirely comfortable elsewhere.

Leeds’ coaching staff and Bielsa have apparently been impressed by his attitude, though.

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Rodrigo is said to be very professional and a hard-worker in training.

With Bielsa a manager who demands high work-ethic from his players in training, Rodrigo’s efforts should stand him in good stead.

But it is getting to a stage where he really must start delivering on the pitch if he is to continue getting game-time, especially with Daniel James now arriving.

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