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10 Jun 2022 09:25:34
Just a quick thought on Rodrigo. He is actually a good player. For Benfica, he scored or assisted at a rate of 0.53 per game, and for Valencia that figure was 0.45 - which still isn’t bad.

So how come it’s only 0.25 for us? Firstly, a significant proportion of his game time has been in the more withdrawn AM role. While he had played as a second striker a little previously, he had not played AM at Benfica or Valencia - so new role, and being more withdrawn less likely to score or directly assist. Secondly, of course, under Bielsball he was trying to man mark out of possession too - taking him even further away from the opposition penalty box. Lastly, the quality of players he’s been playing with has not been as high and for most of this season there’s not been an experienced CF to put away any of the chances he has created.

In case anyone is tempted to say, he was never going to cut it in the Prem - just look at his previous time, with Bolton Wanderers - that was his first season of senior football, aged 19 and bit of a culture shock too. Having just left the Real Madrid academy he was signed by Portuguese giants Benfica, only to be sent to Bolton on loan, speaking little on no English.

That said, it’s probably been a case of good player, wrong time. Hopefully a Spanish or Portuguese team will come in for him this summer, as given his end to last season, it’s probably best for him to have a fresh start elsewhere.

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10 Jun 2022 11:36:59
Fair analysis.

10 Jun 2022 12:55:28
Hope a team come in for him, he is a very average player.

10 Jun 2022 13:33:57
past performance isn't always a guarantee of future returns, particularly as players age. apparently he was injured as well for some of that time. sometimes poor recuitment can mean that players are a bad fit for a club/ league.

cant see him going anywhere though so still time for him to improve.

10 Jun 2022 16:39:08
Two schools of thought, cash in on him and free
Up 50k a week or maybe Marsch can turn him in to the players he should be for us .

10 Jun 2022 21:01:09
Isn’t he like the highest paid on 100k per week! Sell him he hasn’t delivered for us.

11 Jun 2022 06:37:18
Who would buy him though?

12 Jun 2022 14:24:02
Think he is on 50-60k a week but he’s the highest paid player . I think he’ll be stuck at the club till his contract runs down . Would be nice if he could actually become a goal scoring striker . That could save us a lot of money .







 

 

 
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