Marcelo Bielsa hailed following ‘unbelievable’ Leeds transfer
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa pulled off an “unbelievable” piece of business by signing Rodrigo Moreno, according to Kevin Phillips. Last season’s Championship winners signed the Spain international last week from Spanish giants Valencia for a club-record fee totalling £27million.
The acquisition of Rodrigo represents a huge coup for Leeds given that both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were also interested in signing the 29-year-old.
Rodrigo’s deal with the Whites has seen him become the club’s top earner, taking home a cool £100,000-a-week.
While Leeds’ outlay for Rodrigo has raised plenty of eyebrows, Phillips believes it could prove to be a masterstroke if he manages to keep them in the Premier League.
“Marcelo Bielsa ain’t no mug,” Phillips told Football Insider.
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If I am a Leeds supporter, that is a decent signing
Kevin Phillips on Leeds’ acquisition of Rodrigo Moreno
“He knows what he is doing and while it is a lot of money he is bringing in a proven goalscorer.
“Rodrigo has done it in a tough European league.
“It does not mean everything because we saw many strikers come into new teams last season and struggle to score goals.
“If I am a Leeds supporter, that is a decent signing.
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“It may have cost a bit more than they would have liked to pay but if he keeps them in the Premier League it turns out to be unbelievable business.
“Bielsa has that record of getting the best out of players. He did it with Bamford last season. Rodrigo now needs to hit the ground running.”
Rodrigo is relishing the latest chapter of his career, saying: “Leeds have been working on this deal for two weeks with Valencia.
“First time that Victor [Orta] talked to me I knew that I want this new challenge with Leeds, historic club, I just want to help everybody achieve the goals of the season.
“Work with him is working with one of the best coaches in football at this moment.
“I’m really excited to learn from him, to improve my football with hard work and team work.”
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