Leeds United were able to bounce back from their two previous tricky fixtures in the Premier League thanks to a convincing 3-0 win over Southampton on Tuesday. The clash at Elland Road remained all square going into the break, but it wasn’t long before the Whites flexed their muscles and showcased their attacking prowess.
Patrick Bamford opened up the scoreline just moments after the restart, with goals from Stuart Dallas and Raphinha coming later in the half to put the game to bed.
The latter didn’t just score Leeds’ third goal though, he was once again a force to be reckoned with on the wing. Since signing from Rennes on a £60,000 per week contract last summer, Raphinha has been one of the club’s key players. Especially in their returning Premier League season, he is proving to be a magnificent coup for the Whites, with Victor Orta’s decision to bring him to Elland Road looking like a genius one.
The Brazilian is making huge waves at his new club and has adapted to life in England’s top flight with ease. Thanks to his impressive run in his debut season, he currently boasts five goals and five assists, making him the team’s third highest scorer behind Bamford with 13 goals and Jack Harrison with six, according to BBC Sport.
Raphinha isn’t just a man for poaching a goal though. The 24-year-old was branded “unplayable” by Andy Hinchcliffe on Sky Sports last night (via The Boot Room), with the pundit naming him as the man of the match.
Indeed, he was a thorn in the side of Southampton. According to Sofascore, Raphinha contributed four key passes, which is more than any other player on the pitch at Elland Road. He also created one big goalscoring opportunity as well as converting his only shot on target with ease.
The money spent on Raphinha during the summer transfer window is becoming less and less relevant. He has rapidly established himself as a key component of this Leeds squad and they will be doing all they can to protect him from the lurking interest that has gathered ahead of the summer window, with Liverpool among those being mentioned as being interested.
In other news, Jack Harrison was Leeds’ weak link vs Southampton…