Rodrigo’s invention helped Leeds United on their way to a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League last night.
Leeds opened the scoring at St James’ Park as Raphinha’s cross evaded the Newcastle defence and found its way into the bottom corner. Rodrigo’s influence in that goal, though, was key as he stepped over the cross to cause confusion.
It was, in truth, a much more positive evening for Rodrigo after a tough start to the season for Leeds’ record signing.
He had a good opportunity to strengthen Leeds’ grip on the game in the first-half and laid on a Patrick Bamford chance in the second with a weighted pass. There were a number of other good touches from the Spanish international as he got through a needed 90 minutes.
After getting hooked at half-time against Liverpool in Leeds’ previous fixture, fans were a lot more positive about what they saw:
Rodrigo showed flashes of his best last night, linking play well and helping Leeds’ attack tick.
There’s no denying that when he and Raphinha click, Leeds look far more dangerous. So, to see them both playing well at Newcastle was a major plus.
It wasn’t flawless from the Spanish international. He conceded possession a couple of times and probably should have scored.
However, his general play was good and he was picking up much better positions between the lines.
It’s difficult for him to play himself into form against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. It’s easier for him to do that against a side like Newcastle. That’s why 90 minutes were important yesterday.
Fingers crossed he can build on that.