Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds Live that he thinks fans will ‘immediately’ see how good Rodrigo can be amid speculation over his future.
The Whites splashed the cash to sign Rodrigo over the summer, spending £27million to lure him from Valencia in an ambitious coup following promotion.
Rodrigo has been in and out of the side this term, making 12 starts and eight substitute appearances in what has been something of a frustrating campaign.
In the penultimate game before the international break, Rodrigo was brought on as a substitute and then taken off against Chelsea, resulting in speculation over his future.
Fichajes – a pretty untrustworthy source in Spain – claimed that Rodrigo is unhappy with his role under Bielsa, and wants to head back to Spain this summer.
Rodrigo denied those rumours on Instagram last night, pledging his allegiance to Leeds and Bielsa, with the Argentinian boss now offering his thoughts on the Spaniard.
Bielsa claims that fans will immediately see the best of Rodrigo, having been asked whether he will only really playing a starring role from next season onwards.
Bielsa added that Rodrigo was ‘at his best’ before an injury against Leicester in January, and hopes that he will now stay healthy and show what he can do between now and the end of the season.
“No, immediately he will be able to show all the resources that he has,” said Bielsa. “He arrived in his best version. He was at his best level prior to injuring himself at Leicester. The level he was at during that period was a very good one. What he was giving to the team with the way he can unbalance an opponent was all very positive.”
“For me, Rodrigo has already shown how important he can be to Leeds. He has also justified with the conditions, the abilities he has, his transfer fee. We hope to have him healthy for a considerable amount of time. If this happens then he will be able to show his conditions, his abilities very quickly. For me, it’s very difficult to obtain a player of his qualities in the scenario of football at the moment. What happens is that when a player goes a period without playing, it’s difficult to absorb,” he added.