Leeds United’s sporting director has proven his worth with the summer addition of Raphinha. Whilst the Whites have been dealing with injury problems and positive Covid-19 cases, they have been without some of their new personnel.
Diego Llorente is one example – the centre-back is still yet to feature for his new club. But two players who seem to be in friendly competition with each other are the Brazilian winger and his fellow native Rodrigo.
The 23-year-old has had consistent game time in his debut season for the Yorkshire outfit, but he stepped up to the plate when it was needed last time out. Raphinha scored Leeds’ only goal against Everton on Saturday to shift them further up the Premier League table and brush their recent dip in form under the carpet.
Whilst it’s still early days, the winger is proving to be more of an important signing than Rodrigo so far. The striker is in competition with Patrick Bamford for the No.9 role but has been starting just behind the 27-year-old in support. As a striker, the summer signing needs to be showing his worth more or he risks being dropped by Marcelo Bielsa.
Raphinha on the other hand, is in fierce competition with fellow right-wingers Ian Poveda and Helder Costa. He is aware of the fact that the bar is high and he must fight for his place in the Leeds squad, which is absolutely what he did against Everton.
Orta snapped up the attacker for £17million from Rennes, which is a handsome amount to pay for a club like Leeds. Raphinha has shown that he is eager to make his transfer fee worth it by making his debut season one that Whites fans will be proud of as they celebrate their returning Premier League season.