Rodrigo leads Leeds side for most sprints - and is fourth in Premier League
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Rodrigo leads Leeds side for most sprints - and is fourth in Premier League

No Leeds United player has made more sprints so far this season than Rodrigo, with a post from the Premier League’s Twitter account showing that he is fourth in the entire league.

We have, so far, been treated to a very different Rodrigo in front of goal this term. The Spaniard has scored nine times to lead our scoring charts by some distance.

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Nevertheless, there remains some doubts over the 31-year-old. He has showed glimpses during his time at Elland Road. However, he has never quite been able to sustain that over an entire campaign.

Rodrigo leads way for sprints in Leeds squad

Interestingly, Jesse Marsch suggested this week that he has told Rodrigo that he wishes that they started working together sooner as he believes he could have become one of the world’s best players.

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Obviously, that is a massive claim. But it definitely does appear that Marsch is getting plenty out of the forward.

There is his goals tally. But another statistic has also come to light which shows how hard Rodrigo is working for the Whites.

The Premier League’s Twitter account posted a graphic showing the players who have made the most sprints this season. And, perhaps surprisingly, Rodrigo is fourth, ahead of Tottenham star Son Heung-min…

You could never question Rodrigo’s work-rate in his first two years at Leeds. Obviously, things really did not go well at certain points. But he always seemed to give everything.

However, it is still something of a shock to see him lead the way amongst the Leeds squad, and be one of the Premier League’s most prolific sprinters.

In some ways, it makes sense. The striker has to be prepared to work incredibly hard, and often leads the press. He is also someone who looks to drop deep and get involved in the build-up play. So rapid bursts forward are crucial.

But personally, I would have expected the likes of Jack Harrison, Brenden Aaronson or Tyler Adams to be amongst those higher.

This particular writer has been reluctant to get carried away with Rodrigo’s form. There have been false dawns in the past.

However, there is no question that he has been so important this season. And actually, he probably does deserve more credit than some of us are giving him.

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