It was a home Premier League debut to forget for Leeds United new boy Rodrigo on Saturday.
The Spain international is the Whites’ most expensive signing of all time following a £30 million move from Valencia.
But he didn’t look it during Leeds’ 4-3 win over Fulham yesterday.
Marcelo Bielsa deployed him a number 10 role behind Patrick Bamford, but the 29-year-old, who came in for the injured Pablo Hernandez, looked a passenger for the first 45 minutes – and his last 45 minutes of the day, as the United boss swapped him Tyler Roberts at half-time.
Leeds signed Rodrigo as a number nine, however, and Pat Nevin has noticed that the attacking midfield role that he had versus the Cottagers didn’t suit him one bit.
He said to BBC Radio 5 Live: “I don’t think Rodrigo was comfortable in that position. He’d like to play further forward. With so many penalties being given, he gave one away against Liverpool.”
It’s worth pointing out that Rodrigo also had 90 minutes in the League Cup defeat by Hull City in midweek.
And with not much of a pre-season campaign at his back, his lethargic and inactive display yesterday could simpy be fatigue.
Or he might just not be a number 10 at all, but Bamford has scored in both of Leeds’ Premier League games so far.
And with Bielsa using a system that allows for just the one central striker, Rodrigo might have to bide his time before getting chances in his preferred position.