Leeds: £26m star tipped to benefit from Marcelo Bielsa sacking

Leeds United forward Rodrigo will benefit if Jesse Marsch changes the team’s system, claims journalist Dean Jones.

The 30-year-old has had some struggles since joining the Whites for £26m but is in for a fresh start following Marcelo Bielsa’s sacking.

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After the 4-0 loss to Tottenham, which followed a humiliating 6-0 defeat against Liverpool, Bielsa was dismissed from his post as Leeds manager, completing a largely successful three-and-a-half year spell at Elland Road.

With the Argentine gone, Leeds quickly turned to Marsch, who was out of a job having left RB Leipzig back in December.

As well as managing Leipzig, the American has also been at the helm at Red Bull Salzburg so does have experience coaching in Europe.

You would suspect, though, that the Premier League will provide his hardest test yet, especially with Leeds close to the relegation zone.

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What has Jones said about Rodrigo and Marsch?

Jones believes Marsch’s arrival could benefit a player like Rodrigo, who had some difficult times under Bielsa and in his 4-1-4-1/4-2-3-1 set-up.

When asked by GIVEMESPORT if Marsch potentially changing Leeds’ system could help one of the team’s highest earners out, the insider said: “Yeah, Rodrigo will definitely benefit from a system that is more fitting to him.

“I thought it was a really good signing when he came in, and he just hasn’t really had the opportunities to show what he’s capable of.”

What system could benefit Rodrigo?

Perhaps one that utilises two strikers, with 4-4-2 actually being Marsch’s preferred formation, according to Transfermarkt.

Under Bielsa, the Spain international scored just 10 goals in 50 appearances, which is not the greatest return for a forward. Therefore, maybe playing up front with Patrick Bamford, not behind or by himself, could do him wonders.

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Ultimately, Rodrigo has never looked like a spectacular lone No.9, often being used as either a second striker or attacking midfielder during his first season at Elland Road.

Of course, with Bamford still out injured, it may be a role he has to fulfil, with there not being too many other forward options in Leeds’ squad right now. But when the Englishman returns, perhaps Marsch’s 4-4-2 could be the way to go.

Whatever the case, the former Leipzig manager needs to get Rodrigo and all of his players firing as soon as possible, as the Whites have been dragged into a relegation battle that is extremely tight.

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