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Leeds pundit backs 30 y/o to enjoy huge season under Bielsa

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Joe Wainman of is expecting a big season from Leeds United striker Rodrigo.

The striker endured something of a mixed season in his debut campaign at Elland Road.

The 30-year-old, who was signed from Valencia at the start of the season, made a total of 26 appearances in the Premier League, though just 14 of those were starts.

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In total, he scored seven goals and he appeared to come into form at the back end of the campaign.

The Spain netted four times in the final four games of the campaign, and also provided an assist, as Leeds beat Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley, and West Bromwich Albion in succession.

And Wainman is hopeful that the striker, who can also play as an attacking midfielder, will enjoy a breakout campaign in the top-flight next season, with the vast majority of Leeds signings under needing time to adapt to his methods.

He said: “I think the thing is, under Bielsa, nine times out of ten, the player that comes in is better second season around.

“I think it takes a lot for a player to adjust to ’s methods and what’s required of them in terms of physical output.

“Rodrigo had long COVID as well, it was a new country, he was out for a long period of time and I think, seeing how he did come into his own and come into form towards the back end of the season, gives me real positive vibes, and I think him as well, he’ll be champing at the bit, he’ll have had a full pre-season under Bielsa.”

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