Leeds United managed to secure a point in their latest Premier League game with a 2-2 draw against Brentford after Patrick Bamford made his return to action with a last-minute goal that stopped Leeds from suffering another defeat.
Tyler Roberts opened the scoring in the first half with his first goal contribution of the campaign, but two goals from the visitors put them behind before Bamford came in to save the day.
Despite Bamford’s late heroics, it could be argued that one other Leeds player was Marcelo Bielsa’s hero on this occasion – Raphinha.
With 90 minutes under his belt, the Brazilian not only assisted Roberts’ goal, but he also managed to have one shot at goal, complete three successful dribbles and make five key passes with four crosses and three long balls, making him a real nuisance for Brentford’s defensive players.
Raphinha also did his bit for the team in a defensive sense as well by making two tackles and two interceptions in the game, showing that he is more than just an attacking outlet for the team.
This performance earned the winger an overall match rating of 8/10, making him Leeds’ highest-rated player on the day according to SofaScore, showing just how impressive he was.
Labelled as a “magician” by fellow Leeds winger Dan James, Raphinha has more goals in the league than any other Leeds player at this stage of the season with six and is also listed as their highest-rated player based on his overall performances with a season rating of 7.38/10 according to WhoScored.
Moving forward, even though Leeds couldn’t grab all three points against Brentford, the Brazilian’s performance was certainly a big positive to take away from the game, and if he can keep delivering performances like that, the Whites shouldn’t have any worries about potentially getting relegated this season.
Looking even further down the line to the end of the season and the next summer transfer window, Leeds will have to make sure they keep hold of the 24-year-old for as long as they can because his performances could well be attracting other teams that would want to have him in their squad such as fellow Premier League side Liverpool, who have been linked with him in the past.