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Unsettled Leeds United Attacker Eyeing A Return To Homeland: Should The Whites Let Him Leave?

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Despite suffering a few heavy defeats, Leeds United have been decent this season upon their return to Premier League after years of despair. The majority of their summer signings have attuned to Marcelo Bielsa’s brand of football, however, the same can’t be claimed about Spain international Rodrigo Moreno who is willing to return to Spain after failing to settle in England, has reported.

The 30-year-old Spaniard completed a £27m summer move from Valencia but failed to grab a starting status ahead of Patrick Bamford to spearhead the attack. His mistake on debut resulted in Leeds defeat against Liverpool, whereas a positive coronavirus test early into the campaign complicated his situation even further.

How Rodrigo Has Failed To Deliver Under El Loco

Bielsa demands flexibility from his players, but Rodrigo, known for his versatility across the frontline, could not prove his worth in a midfield role. 3 goals in 20 league appearances do not reflect his expertise in the attacking third and a groin injury of late exhibited how he has been struggling to stay fit while undergoing the gruelling training sessions as well as high-pressing football.

Leeds United attacker Rodrigo Moreno in action
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The veteran Argentine has never compromised his philosophy all throughout the managerial regime and the future of the Spaniard would only get jeopardized unless he meets Bielsa’s demands. He, therefore, is not happy at Elland Road and a return to his homeland remains a possibility once the season is over.

Leeds, meanwhile, would have to accept a financial loss in case they are forced to let the attacker leave in the upcoming campaign. Although they might eventually find a suitor considering his reputation in Spain, only a chunk of the £27m would be recovered with no club expected to spend such a hefty figure for someone who does not come up with a good resale value.

The Whites, however, are not struggling for goals thanks to Bamford’s exquisite scoring streak. The likes of Raphinha and Jack Harrison are productive from the flanks and the gaffer, thus, is content with the options he has got high up the pitch in his maiden Premier League term.

Victor Orta, the club’s Director of football, has done an impressive job to transform the club with exciting transfers, but the Rodrigo deal is proving to be a major mishit unless the player scripts a miraculous turnaround. There’s still a lot to play for this season and it is to be seen now how things shape up for the former Valencia star.

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