How Leeds United dressing room welcomed Rodrigo ahead of his first day of training


Egos has long been absent from the Leeds United locker room under Marcelo Bielsa and Rodrigo, who signed the record, is already taking it back to his new teammates.Character and personality have been a long way up the priority list when it comes to those who stay or go under the Argentinian at Thorp Arch.

Bad eggs are either uploaded by senior names, or cracked and scrambled for another club to tolerate them.

The current locker room and the first-team squad are in a great position, not just because of the promotion, but because of the characters and the friendships that are built there.

The Leeds United team celebrates becoming champions. Championship – Leeds United v Charlton Athletic – Wednesday 22 July 2020 – Elland Road

Everyone is ready to mingle, change positions and follow exactly what Bielsa says because as we know when you all agree with Bielsa results follow.

That nice balance is why the club were looking to take the cream of the Premier League league with them.

It felt like the determined and tough characters hardened by the second tier would fit right in with what was already in the building without rocking the status quo.

Rodrigo, all £ 27million from him, is a cut above the Championship but he’s already familiarizing himself with the current locker room atmosphere.

“I spoke with the Spanish players, of course,” he said. “With Pablo Hernandez, who played for Valencia too, not with me, with Kiko Casilla, I played with him here in the national team, and with our captain Liam [Cooper].

“He texted me and greeted me. It is important for me to have this welcome, to feel at ease, to adapt as quickly as possible.

“They said we have a great dressing room, a great atmosphere inside and outside the pitch.

“This is an important point. To achieve collective goals, we need to be a team on and off the pitch.

“They said the training was very difficult. Bielsa pushes you to the limit, but it’s the right way to achieve important things. “

Jean-Kevin Augustin celebrates after the game.  Championship - Leeds United v Millwall - Tuesday 28 January 2020 - Elland Road
Jean-Kevin Augustin celebrates after the game. Championship – Leeds United v Millwall – Tuesday 28 January 2020 – Elland Road

The permanent passage of Jean-Kevin Augustin of RB Leipzig not materializing, Patrick Bamford was heading for the Premier League without real competition in attack.

Rodrigo, although versatile, is expected to be the main threat to Bamford’s role as the team’s striker in the Premier League.

As for Rodrigo himself, he remains in the dark as to how Bielsa plans to use him for the next term.

“I don’t know yet,” he said last week when asked what position he would play. “I need to arrive.

“I didn’t meet the coach because I was at Leeds last week, but I was in quarantine.

“I need to speak with him. I need to adapt to the style of the team. I can play as a striker, as a second striker and as a winger.

“Depending on the tactics, I can adapt to different positions.”

He added: “I’m a fast player. I also have a very physical game. I can also adapt to different positions.

“I know he adapts some players to different positions, so that I can adapt his style of football.”


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