Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch admits he has been blown away by Rodrigo Moreno’s form since replacing Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League team and spoke to him Leeds lives.
Regular visitors to the Elland Road West Stand will tell you that, in terms of views, there are certainly better vantage points. Crane your neck over the shelter as the ball backs out of sight.
But there is an advantage. Those with a better grasp of what happened when Leeds survived a scare against Norwich City on March 13 will have missed a celebration that would rival even Temur Ketsbaia in a frenzy from the sidelines in its sheer, unbridled passion.
When referee Stuart Attwell canceled a Norwich penalty with the help of VAR, Rodrigo stopped short of climbing onto the home team’s dugout and banged on the roof, his eyes wide and wild.
For much of the Bielsa era, Rodrigo felt like the underdog on Elland Road. A player with no defined position or role on the team. However, Marsch has made it his mission to lure the bouncy talent out of his £27million Spain international and his appointment in February coincided with the most consistent performances of Rodrigo’s Leeds career.
Rodrigo even admitted about that BBCthat he’s more comfortable under the Wisconsin-born 48-year-old than under his enigmatic predecessor.
And if his celebration against Norwich told us anything – not to mention the way he threw himself at the fans after scoring at Wolves, just a few security guards from joining a full crowdsurfing session participate – then that he feels part of the gang and last but not least.
Will Rodrigo Moreno save his Leeds United career?
“(I) see him as a leader on the team; We are 100 percent committed to what we want to achieve as a group,” says Marsch.
“With Rodrigo he wants to learn our ideas, commit to tactics and be aggressive. To have quality and to execute in the last third. Working with him was excellent. (He is an) incredible human being.
“(I want) to help him grow and get better and evolve. Whether they’re 35 or 15, I believe all players have room to develop.”
Leeds have scored stoppage-time winners in their last two games but are not yet safe from relegation. Each of the four sides below them in the table has at least one game in hand.
Southampton travel to Elland Road this weekend.
In other news, the £20m Real Madrid man said he made a mistake not to join West Ham
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