Pundit John Giles has claimed that Rodri doesn’t score enough goals for Manchester City.
The midfielder recently scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Sheffield United on Sunday, making it his second of the campaign.
Despite that, one pundit has claimed that the Spaniard, who scored one of the Manchester club’s most important goals in their history against Inter Milan in last season’s Champions League final, doesn’t find himself on the scoresheet enough times.
Pundit says Rodri does score or create enough goals
Speaking on a recent edition of The Stand with Eamon Dunphy, Giles had this to say about Rodri.
He said: “He doesn’t give the ball away, as we know, but he doesn’t create an awful lot either. He doesn’t score many goals, he scored an important goal at the weekend but he doesn’t score many goals.”
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Since arriving at the Etihad Stadium back in the 2019 summer transfer window from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth £62m, the midfielder has made 212 appearances across all competitions, scoring 19 goals and delivering 18 assists along the way.
While his role as a defensive-midfielder may not put scoring or creating goals too high up on his priority list, the 27-year-old has the second-highest total of shot-creating actions (15) made in the league this season at City.
Last season saw Rodri deliver eight goal contributions in the Premier League with two goals and six assists, which is more goal contributions than other defensive-midfielders in the division such as Casemiro (7), Tomas Soucek (5), Declan Rice (5) and Thomas Partey (3) were able to provide.
With all of that in mind, we feel that Giles should take a closer look at what Rodri does on the pitch before suggesting that he doesn’t do enough in an attacking sense.