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Leeds United can land the next Raphinha in Rabbi Matondo

Leeds United have signed numerous players since their return to the Premier League in 2020 after a 16-year absence.

The one who has arguably turned out to be the best bit of business from the club during this period is Raphinha.

Signed from Rennes in a £17m deal, the winger has become a vital player for the Whites.

In his debut season at Elland Road, the Brazilian scored six goals and delivered nine assists in 30 league appearances, while his most recent campaign saw the 25-year-old find the net 11 times and provide three assists in 35 top-flight matches.

Now that the summer transfer window has opened, this could give Victor Orta and the Yorkshire club the chance to sign what could be their next version of the Brazilian dynamo.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Leeds are looking at signing Schalke 04 winger Rabbi Matondo this summer.

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A product of Cardiff City’s youth system, the attacker joined Manchester City’s youth ranks back in 2016. After making 53 youth appearances for the Manchester club, in which he scored 19 goals and delivered 11 assists, the Welshman then joined his current employers in January 2019 for a fee of £10m.

Last season, the 21-year-old had a loan spell with Cercle Brugge, where he scored nine goals and supplied two assists in 26 league games. To further highlight his attacking prowess, he racked up a higher average of dribbles per game (1.7) than any other player at the Belgian club.

Looking at Raphinha, he ended his latest campaign at Elland Road with more attempted dribbles (149) to his name than any other Leeds player.

Matondo also took more shots at goal (75) and had more shots on target (33) than anyone else at Cercle Brugge. Meanwhile, the Leeds star took more shots at goal (85) than any of his team-mates throughout their 2021/22 Premier League campaign, highlighting the similarities between the two.

Labelled an “incredibly fast winger” by Pep Guardiola, the Welsh youngster certainly seems to have what it takes to cause problems for a lot of Premier League defences in a similar way that Raphinha has done since his arrival in England.

With all that in mind, the former Man City youngster could be an exciting addition to Jesse Marsch’s ranks this summer, if Leeds can bring him back to the UK.

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