After enduring a tricky first season on English shores, where he struggled to replicate the same intensity as his predecessor Fernandinho, Rodri has put in a string of impressive performances this time around, as his 7.21 WhoScored rating shows.
However, they haven’t been enough to impress Molloy, who believes the 24-year-old’s stay in the Premier League will be rather short-lived.
He said: (11:07) “I watched Rodri very closely against PSG in the first leg, and then obviously he gave away the goal yesterday, got caught in possession, and it never jumped out to me before.
“So, am I see things here? This guy is really slow on the ball, really slow to move it on, really slow to get it out of his feet, I would put it to you, he won’t be at the club in two to three years.”
TIF Thoughts on Rodri…
It’s hard to agree with Molloy on this occasion, given the influence that Rodri has had on this champions-elect City side, and the improvements that he’s shown this season.
The defensive midfielder, who has a market value of £63m (as per Transfermarkt), is amongst the league’s best passers and pressers and has had the most amount of touches in this City team, so it’s hard to see where Molloy’s complaints originate from.