Thankfully, there hasn’t been a ‘Don’t go to bed just yet’ tweet from Leeds United over the Rodrigo deal. If there was, there’d be a pitchfork mob descending on Elland Road chanting Wilson’s name. However, things are moving forward with the deal, as evidenced here.
Rodrigo's medical underway.https://t.co/1OhGvkQHer
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 26, 2020
To say that grabbing Rodrigo from Valencia is a coup for the Whites devalues who they are as an outfit and what they represent as an entity. Let’s deal in just one fact; Leeds United are getting Spain’s current no.9 who has 22 international caps tucked under his belt as well as 8 goals to his name. Of those goals, 4 have come in his last seven games for Spain.
You have to also take into account how much his game has kicked-on since signing for Valencia from Benfica in July 2015. He’s made 220 appearances for Los Murcelagos, scoring 59 goals and creating 41 assists thus underlining his dual-threat nature. He is a striker with 172 games worth of experience at La Liga level and 28 goals in the last three seasons, a career-high return of 16 goals in 2017/18.
I am not going to beat about the bush. This is a fantastic signing for Leeds United. Promotion to the Premier League and the lure of Marcelo Bielsa must NOT be underestimated. It is also a signing that points to the Whites heading in the right direction.
On top of all of that, it helps to wash away some of the distasteful taints left by previous ownership regimes.