Leeds United’s new manager Jesse Marsch would have been hoping for a better result in his first Premier League game in charge of the club since replacing Marcelo Bielsa last Monday.
Having travelled to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City for the early afternoon kick-off, the Yorkshire club ultimately came away empty-handed after a goal from Harvey Barnes in the second half secured all three points for the home side.
In terms of individual performances from the players, there was one man in particular from whom Marsch would have surely been hoping to see a solid display, but he didn’t end up delivering when it mattered.
With the full 90 minutes under his belt against the Foxes, Raphinha had 54 touches of the ball in total, with just 22 passes completed out of 29 attempted, also losing possession 22 times throughout the match.
The Brazilian also failed to find a team-mate with any of his five crosses and failed to completed any of the four dribbles he attempted, showing how disappointing he was with the ball when in possession.
Things weren’t much better for the winger when he didn’t have the ball, having lost six of his seven duels and giving two fouls away.
This performance ultimately earned the 25-year-old – who is currently picking up £63k-per-week according to Salary Sport – a disappointing overall match rating of 6.4/10, making him the lowest-rated Leeds player to start the game according to SofaScore.
Given how the attacker has been Leeds’ main goal contributor this season with nine goals and two assists to his name, and their highest-rated player in terms of overall performances from WhoScored, it’s safe to say that Marsch would have been looking to him to work his magic and help his team pick up a positive result.
However, having been described as a “passenger” at times in the past by Stephen Warnock, that’s arguably what Raphinha was today against Brendan Rodgers’ side, letting down his manager with an insipid display.
With the Whites still in danger of being relegated, Marsch will undoubtedly be hoping that the Brazilian winger can fix up his performances and start adding some more goals and assists to his tally before the end of the campaign, or else the club could be facing another spell back in the Championship.
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