The Whites face losing some of their stars this summer, with their status as a Premier League club currently on the line, and O’Rourke thinks that includes the 31-year-old.
How much danger are Leeds in?
While Leeds were never completely out of trouble, they looked to be in a decent position after picking up wins against Norwich City, Wolves and Watford in March and April. It made the Yorkshire club’s decision to sack Marcelo Bielsa and replace him with Marsch look completely justified at the time.
However, following their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal over the weekend and Everton’s upturn in form, they now find themselves in the relegation zone.
To make things worse, Leeds have also played one more game than Frank Lampard’s men, while their next match is against third-placed Chelsea.
Fortunately for the Whites, Burnley, who are just above them, take on Tottenham next, while their upcoming opponents Chelsea have not been in great form of late. Make no mistake, though, they are undoubtedly in serious danger with just three fixtures to go until the season ends.
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What has O’Rourke said about Rodrigo and Leeds?
If Leeds cannot beat the drop this month, O’Rourke thinks Rodrigo, who joined the club from Valencia on an alleged £100,000-a-week deal back in 2020, could be sold.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the football journalist said: “He is a quality player, Rodrigo. Leeds fans, I don’t think they’ve seen the best of him. If they go down, I think they might have a problem keeping him.
“He might have to be sold because he’s on big wages, and I’m not too sure if he would be willing to stay and play in the Championship.”
Who else could leave Leeds this summer?
Rodrigo – described as “extraordinary” by former Barcelona manager Quique Setien – is definitely not the only player whose future is going to come into severe doubt should Leeds drop back down to the Championship.
The likes of Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford are also individuals who Marsch is going to struggle to keep hold of.
In fact, that is probably an understatement, especially with the trio all thought to have relegation clauses in their contracts.
According to the Daily Mail, Phillips, Raphinha and Bamford could all leave Elland Road for around £30m each if Leeds lose their Premier League status due to clauses owner Andrea Radrizzani has given to most of the players in the squad.
Leeds have certainly not had a good season, but they have talented players who will no doubt be snapped up should they go down.