Leeds have been hammered with injuries this season as they struggle to get a foothold in their returning Premier League season. The likes of Adam Forshaw and Gaetano Berardi are both sidelined with serious injuries – the former already missing more than a year of action with the Whites. As it stands, the squad depth is very thin.
Marcelo Bielsa took another blow when summer signing Rodrigo was forced to self-isolate due to coronavirus. However, if there’s one thing that the international break is good for, it’s allowing players precious time to recover in time for their next domestic match.
Football.london has reported that the Spaniard will be available for selection against Arsenal once the Premier League action resumes.
At the moment, Leeds are relying heavily on target man Patrick Bamford to find the back of the net. A strong performance against Aston Villa was soured after the Whites conceded back-to-back 4-1 losses. Their attacking threat was minimal in these two fixtures, they must arrive at Elland Road next time out with a much stronger plan that can upset the Gunners.
With Rodrigo back, Bielsa could opt to start two strikers up front in order to maximise threat in front of goal. Or he may choose to place the new recruit just behind Bamford to serve as a second striker so Rodrigo can drop back and create chances for the No.9.
Jermaine Beckford will certainly be pleased, after discussed how much Leeds miss Rodrigo during a recent Doing A Leeds Podcast episode. He went on to laud the striker as an “amazing” player who brings bags of “creativity”.
Whichever position Bielsa chooses, the 29-year-old will provide much-needed attacking flair to the squad. Currently sitting in 15th place in the table, it’s important that the Whites bank as many points as possible. And with Arsenal recently losing to Aston Villa, they’re in with a good chance of getting three against them.