Bielsa planning new role for Raphinha
07 Sep 2021 08:07 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Monday 7th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
New role for Raphinha
A trusted source at Elland Road has revealed that Marcelo Bielsa is planning a new positional change for Raphinha following the signing of Daniel James. The inspired 2020 signing from French outfit Rennes proved to be a real handful on the pitch last season, netting six times and nine assists from 30 appearances.
Many Leeds fans feel his creativity is wasted on the wing, with many fans expressing a desire to bring the 24yo more centrally where his skill set and vision can boost our fragile midfield! Others see the Brazilian as a potential number ten, usually reserved for him compatriot Rodrigo. The positional change sense. Leeds are not going to leave a 25 m signing on the bench. James' explosive pace makes him the perfect winger, and Bielsa signing.
Speaking on the Phil Hay podcast, the unknown source believes it could take time to mould Raphinha into a new role:
We’ll wait to see if there’s any effort to convert someone like Raphinha into a 10. From what I can gather, that is on Bielsa’s mind. But I think it would take a heck of a lot of coaching. It would be a longer-term process. Raphinha doesn’t instantly look like a Bielsa in that two behind Patrick Bamford.
Who is the next breakthrough star
This time last season Pascal Struijk was tasting regular first team football for the first time. Fortunately for us, he took to it like a duck to water. Thirty-four appearances later, the 22yo is a regular in Bielsa's starting line up, and although still learning the game, he is improving all the time. The former Ajax academy star was given his opportunity following a defensive injury crisis gave Bielsa no chance, but to dip into his U23 squad.
After heavy investment in the developmental squad in the last few seasons, Leeds have a mouth watering array of young talent knocking on the door of the first team, but who will be the next breakout star?
27 years ago today......
Twenty-seven years today Leeds fans started an eleven-year love affair with a 24 year old South African, bought up in the streets of Soweto. We are of course talking about Lucas 'the Chief' Radebe'.
Although dogged by injury during the latter parts of his career, the former Kaizer Chiefs Marshall went on to play 256 times for the Whites until finally hanging up his boots in 2005. Over his sixteen-year career, Radebe would remain a two club man, although he had plenty of admirers! He spurned the chance to join the likes of Manchester Utd, preferring to stay loyal to Leeds, and it's fan base; this only intensified the mutual love and respect fans and player had for each other.
The move to bring Radebe to Elland Road happened almost by accident. Our target was Philemon Masinga, but he would only come to the Premiership if he could bring his friend Lucas Radebe with him; a little like when Rod Wallace signed from Southampton, we had to sign his brother Ray too. Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds later Masinga and Radebe were Leeds players! What is your favourite Radebe moment?