Leeds United news: £16.2m ace 'hasn't really delivered' for Marcelo Bielsa

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Leeds reporter Joe Donnohue reckons that striker Rodrigo has been having a hard time at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa's side signed the Spanish international for £26m from Valencia last summer after some impressive years in La Liga.

However, Donnohue reckons that the 30-year-old simply hasn't lived up to his club-record price-tag in Yorkshire.

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Rodrigo had been enduring a difficult campaign prior to the previous two matches.

He had failed to register a goal or assist in his first 10 appearances in league and cup this term, which even included a game with League One outfit Crewe.

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However, Rodrigo's season has taken a turn for the better towards the end of October.

Firstly, with Patrick Bamford out injured, he was on penalty duties against Wolves and fired home a last-gasp spot-kick to rescue a point last weekend.

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Eight days later, Rodrigo was at it again when he scored the winner against Norwich from long-range for his second goal in two Premier League outings, albeit thanks to some questionable goalkeeping from Tim Krul, who allowed the Spaniard's swerving effort to slip through his gloves.

Only Raphinha, who scored the opener at Carrow Road, has scored more times in the league than the ex-Valencia frontman, but Donnohue still reckons that he's been given a hard time since coming into English football.

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What did Donnohue say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "I think sometimes Rodrigo has got a bit of a hard time from some people because he was signed as this Spanish international striker, and he hasn't really delivered to the same sort of expectations that you would think for a £27m club-record signing."

Will Rodrigo keep his place once Bamford returns?

When Bamford finally recovers from the ankle injury that's been keeping him out of the side since the middle of September, he'll almost certainly reclaim his place as Leeds' number nine, the position Rodrigo has been playing recently.

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However, that doesn't necessarily mean that Rodrigo will lose his place in the side, he's just likely to drop into a deeper role.

Rodrigo, valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, has stepped up to the plate in Bamford's absence, which should mean that his place in the XI isn't under threat, but he needs to keep up this form and start regularly showing why Victor Orta broke Leeds' record fee to sign him.

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