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Exclusive: David Norris says Rodrigo will have to earn place in Bielsa’s best XI

David Norris has told Football FanCast that Rodrigo could play a big part at Leeds next season but will have to work his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI.

The Spaniard arrived from Valencia in a record deal last summer, but an injury-hit campaign has restricted the striker to just 14 Premier League starts from the 26 matchday squads he was named in.

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Rodrigo scored just three times in his first 22 league appearances but ended the season in impressive form in front of goal and started ahead of Patrick Bamford on the final day.

Having struck three times in just 43 minutes in two substitute outings against both Tottenham and Burnley, Bielsa rewarded the 30-year-old with starts in Leeds’ final two Premier League matches – both scoring once and assisting once to help the Yorkshire outfit claim a ninth-place finish.

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Despite a strong end to the campaign, Norris doesn’t believe that Rodrigo is currently in Leeds’ best team.

Asked whether he could see him starting in front of either Jack Harrison or Raphinha, he exclusively told Football FanCast:

“I can’t see it now. We said about the front three being as good as anyone in the league at times and on their day.

“He looks like he’s got something and Bielsa looks like he likes him, so he must have something. I can see him coming back for pre-season and I think he’s got a big part to play next season.”

Article title: Exclusive: David Norris says Rodrigo will have to earn place in Bielsa’s best XI

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