Leeds United have an opportunity this weekend to replicate what they achieved 12 months ago, by going into the international break off the back of a much-needed win over Wolves at Molineux.

Much has changed for both sides since that dramatic game one year ago. Both clubs have different managers in the dug-out, with Javi Gracia set to go up against Julen Lopetegui.

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There is a bit more time left in the season after this game this time around. But it really does feel like a game that Leeds cannot afford to lose with the bottom-half of the table so congested.

Rodrigo will hope to haunt Lopetegui this weekend

The good news for Leeds is that our treatment room appears to be emptying gradually. And one of those who made a return at the weekend was Rodrigo.

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The Spaniard is our top goalscorer this term. So his return could represent a massive boost for Leeds, if he is able to regain anything like his previous form.

But if there is one manager who will have an idea of how to try and keep the 31-year-old quiet, it is surely Lopetegui.

Rodrigo played under the Wolves boss for Spain’s under-21s, having just missed the chance to work with him at Real Madrid B. And it was Lopetegui who recalled the forward to the Spain senior squad three years after his previous appearance back in 2017.

And, as reported by AS, Lopetegui wanted to take Rodrigo to Real Madrid when he was appointed by Los Blancos in 2018.

That move would not take place. And obviously, Rodrigo would remain at Valencia until he ended up joining Leeds a couple of years later.

We could certainly do with Rodrigo looking like a potential Real Madrid target and coming back to haunt Lopetegui at Molineux this weekend.

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