In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, David Norris, who spent two and a half years at Leeds United, has claimed that his former club took a chance when they signed Raphinha on deadline day.
Raphinha has taken to the Premier League effortlessly and his record of six goals and six assists in just 27 Premier League games is evidence of the impact he has made this campaign.
The 24-year old admitted that after playing and scoring for Rennes on deadline day last October, he had just 20 minutes to make a decision to join Leeds or play Champions League football with the French side.
Speaking on how Leeds took a chance on Raphinha and how he has paid the club back this season, Norris exclusively told FFC:
“He’s really skilful and a joy to watch but Leeds took a chance on him and he’s produced. From the players I’ve spoken to, he’s supposed to be a really good lad in the changing room which would’ve helped him settle.
“I am a little bit surprised at just how well he has done, but with the way Leeds are and from what the lads say about him it makes sense that he’s done really well.”
Bielsa’s attacking trio of Raphinha, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison have a combined total of 27 goals and 19 assists, which is impressive for a newly promoted team.
After such an impressive debut season, there have been reports linking Raphinha with a move to Liverpool, despite signing for Leeds less than 12 months ago.