With Raphinha lighting up the Premier League this season, all eyes will be on what Leeds’ summer signing can do in his next campaign in English football.
The Brazilian has been an absolute revelation since signing from French side Rennes, scoring six goals and providing a further six assists in the top-flight.
He’s undoubtedly been one of the main reasons as to why Marcelo Bielsa’s side find themselves in the top half of the Premier League table with just a few games to go.
But while Raphinha has been exceptional, Leeds could actually take his game and his numbers up that extra notch by bringing in Brentford’s Ivan Toney this summer.
Reports in recent days have suggested that the Bees would be open to selling him, and that they believe he has a better Premier League pedigree than Ollie Watkins, who, of course, is now shining for Aston Villa.
The £16.2m-rated Toney could give Raphinha a real lethal centre-forward to work alongside, and someone who is not only a prolific goal-scorer, but can also link up with his teammates too – he has an impressive ten assists in the Championship already.
Speaking last year, his former club Peterborough’s director of football, Barry Fry, said: “He’s turned into a tremendous all-round footballer. It’s important to remember Ivan is not just an exceptional goal-scoring forward, he’s also an outstanding defender.”
The 25-year-old is ruthless in front of goal, having managed to find the back of the net a whopping 29 times in just 39 league games – that’s not to mention the fact he’s only missed six official big chances all season.
Compare that to Patrick Bamford who’s missed three times as many (18), even despite playing far fewer games (31).
Raphinha would fancy his chances of grabbing a lot more assists with Toney leading the line for Leeds, while he might be more likely to be on the end of some opportunities himself given that the Brentford ace has created more big chances and averages more key passes per game than Bamford.
Bielsa could form a devastating Leeds duo by signing Toney this summer.