Journalist Adam Pope believes that Leeds United striker Rodrigo simply can’t be dropped amid his recent run of form.
The Spaniard was perhaps the reason Leeds didn’t end up signing a first-team striker in the summer, as he started the season on fire with four goals in his first three games, but they then dried up very quickly.
Now though, Rodrigo is thriving under Jesse Marsch once again as the club’s focal point through the middle with five goals in his last four games, including two against Tottenham Hotspur and one against Liverpool.
Pope has now claimed on the Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet podcast that Rodrigo’s form now makes him ‘undroppable’, no matter who’s fit.
He said: “You can’t leave him out, can you? And it’s got to the stage of how the hell have Spain not even considered him? Because he has scored four more goals than any of the other top scorers in that selection by Luis Enrique.
Is Rodrigo now undroppable?
“You never know, there could be an injury and he gets called up, but I am surprised. You can’t ignore a scoring record like that.
“But look, all of us see the games, we know that there’s got to be more from him as well, but he’s undroppable when he’s scoring like that.”
TIF Thoughts on Rodrigo’s form…
With nine goals in 13 league games, the form Rodrigo has found himself in may have come as quite a surprise to many Leeds fans, simply because prior to that, he’d only managed to net 13 goals in his two full seasons at the club.
While this form will be brilliant for Leeds and has helped them to stay out of the bottom three, it certainly shouldn’t be a reason for them to not improve at the centre-forward position in January, which is what Phil Hay’s also spoken about recently.
As Pope mentioned, the fact Rodrigo hasn’t even been afforded a spot in the Spain squad for the upcoming World Cup is slightly baffling given his scintillating form, but it will only be good news for Marsch, who can keep him fit and ready to hit the ground running when club football returns in late December.