Sheffield Wednesday flop wedged between Messi and Costa in La Liga scoring charts

Rodri had a poor loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday last term, but is having an excellent season with UD Almeria so far.

Ever heard of Rodrigo Rios Lozano? No. Simply Rodri? Well no you probably haven’t either, unless you are a Sheffield Wednesday fan.

Because the forward, a Spanish under-21 international played for the Yorkshire side at the start of last season after signing on loan from Barcelona B.

His time at Hillsborough however was nothing to write home about. He signed a season-long loan deal last summer with The Owls with the option to make the deal permanent at the conclusion of the season.

Things started well for the player, scoring on debut against Birmingham City - but he soon drifted out of the first team. After 12 games and that solitary goal for the club he was released from his loan deal and returned to Barca.

He was then immediately re-loaned, this time to Real Zaragoza, who were promptly relegated. So it would be fair to say that the 2012-13 season did not exactly go according to plan for the diminutive front-man.

But this summer Barcelona agreed to send him out on a loan deal to UD Almeria - recently promoted from the Segunda Liga - with a view to making that deal permanent at the end of the current season.

And he has certainly started with a bang. His eventual consolation goal in a 4-2 defeat against Atletico Madrid yesterday took his tally for the season to four in four.

That makes him the second top-scorer in La Liga, wedged between Lionel Messi on six and Liverpool target Diego Costa in third, who also has four goals but one was a penalty meaning Rodri gets the nod ahead of him.

Quite illustrious company for a player cast aside by a team currently sitting in 20th place in The Championship.

Here is his goal from yesterday …

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