Speaking on his Podcast, Phil Hay has somewhat gone out to bat for Rodrigo after he was branded as a player who doesn’t care by one of his co-hosts.
Rodrigo hasn’t had the best of times at Leeds. The club-record signing has struggled ever since arriving at Elland Road, and it seems as though fans are quickly losing patience with the Spaniard.
Hay’s co-host was pointing the finger at the former Valencia man, claiming that he doesn’t seem to care about the club. However, the journalist was quick to set the record straight.
Indeed, Hay says that when he speaks to people at the club about Rodrigo, he never gets the impression that Rodrigo is a player who doesn’t care.
What’s been said?
Hay shared some interesting insight into Rodrigo and his mentality at Leeds.
“He didn’t like Bielsa’s methods so we hear, he’s been put into the leadership group by Marsch, and he’s been given a key role, but he’s still hopeless, and he doesn’t appear, to my eyes, to particularly care,” Hay’s co-host said.
“I don’t know about that. I never get the impression from speaking to people at the club that he doesn’t care and it’s quite easy to draw that conclusion when it’s going wrong. I don’t disagree with the view that I don’t see where and how he fits. We’re two years into this and it was an incredibly expensive signing, it just hasn’t worked. Nobody sees him as a nine, I’m not convinced he’s a 10, he doesn’t look to be sure he’s a 10, and I get the feeling he’d much rather play up front,” Hay said.
It’s great to hear that Rodrigo is committed to the cause and that he does care about Leeds, but for one reason or another, things just aren’t clicking for the Spaniard.
The talent is clearly there. After all, he’s a Spain international and a former La Liga regular, but Leeds just can’t seem to get the best out of him.
However, with two games to go and Premier League survival on the line, more than anything you need players that are committed, and it seems as though Rodrigo fits into that category, even if his performances don’t always reflect that.
The club-record signing may yet have a big say on Leeds’ fate this season.