Leeds will be glad they've missed out on reported target Jese Rodriguez

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United before the SkyBet Championship playoff semi final match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May 2019.

Championship giants Leeds United reportedly wanted to sign Jese Rodriguez from Ligue 1 champions PSG.

Jese Rodriguez of Real Betis looks on during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and SD Huesca at Estadio Benito Villamarin on May 12, 2019 in Seville, Spain.

Jese Rodriguez just wasn’t a risk worth taking for Leeds United – certainly not for £35,000 a week.

Five years ago, the Canary Islander had the world at his feet. He rose through the ranks at blistering pace at Real Madrid, earning comparisons with Los Blancos legend Raul along the way. It seemed only a matter of time before Jese became one of the world’s elite forwards.

But then it all went wrong. First came that ill-timed cruciate ligament injury which wrecked his progress at Real, then that disastrous £20 million move to PSG, and a forgettable loan spell at Stoke City which ended in relegation.

 

With all due respect to Leeds, one of the giants of the English game, the fact that Jese is now being linked to a Championship club speaks volumes about how far he’s fallen.

Estadio Deportivo in May claimed that the-now 26-year-old was a target for the ambitious Whites.

Gareth Bale (2ndL) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Jese Rodriguez (R) of UD Las Palmas  and his teammate Daniel Castello (L) during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF...

But not any more. According to El Desmarque, Real Betis are set to end his PSG nightmare by signing Jese on a permanent deal, despite the fact he scored just twice in 18 games on loan at the green-and-white clad club last season.

What’s more he’s set to earn a hefty £35,000 a week. That is an eye-watering sum for Leeds, whose top earners were reported last year to be taking home a comparatively miserly £15,000 (Yorkshire Evening Post).

£35,000 for a proven, reliable centre-forward would be justified. For an injury prone forward who has never scored more than five goals in a league season? That money would be better spent elsewhere. Leeds have done well to stay clear.

Jese Rodriguez Ruiz of Real Betis during the La Liga Santander  match between Leganes v Real Betis Sevilla at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque on February 10, 2019 in Madrid Spain

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