Rodrigo Hernández -Mr. Reliable
Updated: Nov 30, 2021
Rodri was regarded to be one of the highest-rated holding midfielders in Europe before City broke the bank for him. His is a Defensive-Midfielder whos often seen slotted just in front of the centre-halves and providing valuable covering, His also an extremely athletic player, who isn’t afraid to put his body on the line for the sake of the team. Adept at maintaining possession by moving the ball around quickly, the Spaniard is also known for his defensive positioning while offering both structure and mobility from his position at the heart of the team.
As as good as Rodri is defensively, it must be understood how crucial he is to Man City's play going forward. The Spaniard is undoubtedly one of the better passers of the ball in this Man City squad (taking into the account players like Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva exist within the squad) and his height and physique make him a threat from set pieces as well.
Rodri in his first season for Manchester City featured in a total of 26 league fixtures registering 3 goals and 1 assist.
Rodri's ability to accurately distribute the ball stood out in his first season for Man City. Boasting an immense success pass success rate of just under 93%, His defensive side was not too bad either averaging 1.7 tackles per game that season. Promising statistics considering he was still adapting at the time. Great signs of what was to come.
The Spaniard is not your typical modern day footballer.
For a fact his far from it.
Rodri has no social media presence and has no tattoos - something very few footballers can claim.
He has also recently completed a degree in business administration and management.
He enrolled at Castellon University and lived in student accommodation while he was playing professionally in La Liga for Villarreal and didn't miss a single lecture whilst he was there.
Speaking of his time at university, Rodri said:
"The best years of my life so far. My parents suggested going into halls and it was brilliant. There’s a good, happy atmosphere, people your age from all over. I met my girlfriend there. One of the best experiences I’ve had...”
After completing his degree Rodri admitted that balancing school and football was hard work but worth it.
“It was tough work, but at the end it was nice.
“You have time for everything. Of course, it is a very demanding profession as a footballer because it demands you not only playing, training and the games, it is also the rest and the care you have to take about yourself."
“Imagine you come back to your home at 3 o’clock so you have all the afternoon free. You can do many other things..."
"Of course, you cannot follow the rhythm of the other students but with patience, with dedication, you can do it.”
Rodri has been consistently delivering match-winning performances and also developing into an A-Grade world-class defensive midfielder who's achieved the prefect balance between defense and attack.
After being in and out of the squad last term, the Spaniard is now a regular starter for the Manchester side only missing 2 Premier League games. Incidentally, City lost to Tottenham and drew to Southampton without him.
Coincidental? absolutely not.
Rodri detailed the various challenges of operating the 6 role for Manchester City which is considered by many to be the most crucially important spot in a Pep Guardiola team.
"I try to learn every day. It’s not an easy position, You need to find the role, the team needs you, and I understand perfectly what the team demands of me."
After an arguably unconvincing start to life at Manchester City, Rodri since become a crucial member of the Man City first team all down to his consistently dominating and commanding performances for the Sky Blues.
The Spaniard shared his thoughts on his current run of form stating his happy and believing he can only get better.
"I'm really happy with my performances this season,"
"I'm growing in all the senses, physically I feel really good right now. I totally fit in this team and I know every day what the manager demands from me and what my role is in this team."
"I'm wanting to grow and to improve every game. I'm very happy and satisfied."