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Leeds’ Raphinha has been Bielsa’s star man, Phil Hay thinks he’s “outstanding”

After signing from Stade Rennes in the summer, it’s fair to say Raphinha has been one of the signings of the season for Leeds United.

The £16.2m-rated Brazilian has bagged four goals and provided a further four assists in just 17 Premier League games for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and has been an exciting addition on the right-hand side.

And, on Monday night against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Raphinha delivered yet another impressive display, filled with a number of eye-catching moments, not least completely making a fool out of former England international Gary Cahill.

He had four total shots on goal, which was only behind Patrick Bamford’s tally of five, and a real pointer to just how willing he is to take responsibility for the Whites.

He was one of only two players to create an official big chance, and always looked to take his man on either with a bit of trickery or a real change of pace.

How much is Raphinha worth now?

Less than £50m

Less than £50m

More than £50m

More than £50m

And after the game, Hay delivered his verdict on the Whites’ summer signing, declaring that the Brazilian’s consistency has been one of the most impressive features of his performances in the Premier League this season.

Raphinha’s performances even led to Bamford raving about him after the game, saying on Sky Sports: “I think, to be honest, he has been a steal for Leeds. I am surprised. As soon as he came in, you saw him in training, you know sometimes with players whether they are good or they are top class, and he really was. He stood out straightaway.

“I am surprised that bigger teams, more established Premier League teams I should say, haven’t taken a punt on him because he really is someone special, and he is young.”

And it’s perhaps that realisation that they might have missed out on something “special”, that reports in recent days have suggested reigning Premier League champions Liverpool have got their eye on Raphinha, and that their scouts have been blown away by him this season.

It’s been quite the debut campaign for the former Rennes man, and he’s been a real game-changer for Bielsa’s side in their first campaign back in the top-flight.

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He ranks third for goals, and second for his assists among his teammates, and his willingness to take players on and try and make things happen for his side are reflected by the fact he averages the most amount of dribbles of any Leeds player with 1.5 per game.

Raphinha’s added a real X-factor to the way Leeds play, an unpredictability that embarrassed Cahill on Monday night, and has been tormenting opposition defences all season.

He’s been an absolute revelation for Bielsa.

Meanwhile, Phil Hay has delivered an injury update on Kalvin Phillips…

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