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Leeds United: Rodrigo failed to impress against Leicester

Leeds United failed to secure a much-needed win against Leicester City today in Jesse Marsch’s first Premier League game in charge of the Yorkshire club since replacing Marcelo Bielsa earlier this week.

A second-half goal from Harvey Barnes was enough to seal victory for the home side as Leeds continue to fight for their future in the top flight.

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Along with the overall negative result, one player in particular who let the side down and failed to make a positive impression on his new manager was Rodrigo.

Rodrigo was poor v Leicester

Before being taken off in the 63rd minute, the Spaniard had 41 touches of the ball but could only accurately complete 18 of his 26 passes. The 30-year-old also registered three clear shots at goal but only one of them tested Kasper Schmeichel.

Things weren’t great for the attacker off the ball either, having lost 78% of his duels and getting dribbled past on three occasions. This display ultimately earned Rodrigo an underwhelming overall match rating of 6.7/10, making him one of the lowest-rated starters in a Leeds shirt on the day according to SofaScore.

Leeds Live also picked up on his uninspiring performance at the King Power Stadium by saying that he “fluffed one too many chances when someone of his quality should have done better”.

This could also describe the lack of quality the former Valencia striker has shown in front of goal throughout the entire campaign, with just three goals to his name in 20 top-flight appearances.

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Having had his time at Elland Road described as “disappointing” by Kevin Phillips, Rodrigo will need to make sure he can show his new manager that he has what it takes to lead the team from the front. To do that, he needs to start having more of an impact in front of goal where it really matters, or else he could find himself out of the team if Marsch isn’t convinced by him.

Also, with Patrick Bamford having been fit enough to make the substitutes’ bench this afternoon, it could be bad news for the Spain international if the newly-appointed Leeds boss decides to put the Englishman back in the team when he’s ready to play again.

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