Raphinha steals the show for Brazil

15 Oct 2021 08:04 am, by Ellandback1

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Raphinha steals the show

Raphinha's fairytale start to his International career continued after helping himself to a brace during Brazil's 4-1 win over Uruguay in the early hours of the morning. The 24 year old registered four shots, all on target, as well as a key pass. He missed out on his hattrick after being substituted twenty minutes from time. The one position Brazil never run out of is forwards; the fact Raph has broken into their senior ranks proves what a special player he is! He was awarded a 9/10 ranking; the same as Naymar.

Deco - Leeds wanted Raph for another season

During an interview earlier this week, Raphinha's agent Deco revealed that whilst the Brazilian is happy at Leeds, there will come a time that he moves on to a bigger club. He further indicated that Leeds wanted him to stay this season, insinuating his client may be sold next Summer!

There are certainly many clubs interested in him. Liverpool do like him and there were some approaches, but nothing official. Leeds wanted to keep him for another season. Raphinha is happy at Leeds, but there will certainly come a time when he wants to take a step up in his career and move forward. He has three years left on his contract, but there's nothing in it that states how long he must stay for or that prevents transfers.

Leeds are aware of that and will want to sell him for a big sum, while Raphinha will end up progressing in his career. There's a market for Raphinha and Leeds have very high expectations. There's never been a rush in terms of the project. He's ambitious to play at a higher level, despite Leeds being in the Premier League, but it's not the right time (to talk about that) and that's not what he's focused on. Things will take their course naturally.

Given his performances on the World stage, how long can we realistically keep hold of Raphinha for? Or should we just stop worrying about it and enjoy the fact that Leeds United have a genuine Brazilian superstar in the team?

Has Leeds inactivity last Summer pushed the likes of Raph and Phillips closer to the exit door?

Whilst we're all appreciative of what Andrea Radrizani has done for our club, many can't help thinking that the knock on effect of a poor transfer window (last Summer) shows a lack of ambition. Leeds were riding the crest of a wave, and had the tools (in the shape of investors queuing up and the guile of Victor Orta) to move to the next level.

Unfortunately it was not meant to be! Whilst producing and nurturing some of the best talent in the World, in the shape of Phillips, Raphinha and Meslier; all want to be playing at the highest level, or at least at a club showing aspirations of European football. This prompts the question, has Leeds inactivity in last Summer's transfer window pushed our stars closer to the exit door?

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Ellandback1 wrote on 16 Oct 2021 01:20 pm

lufc1304 wrote on 16 Oct 2021 12:47 pm

Putting aside how desperate our fan base, on here and on social media, seem to be to sell our best players (if I had a pound for every "oh, that'll be Raph off then" I've read this week, I could practically retire!), I'd rather lose Raph than KP. Wingers, whilst maybe not ten a penny, are much more easily found (Raph being a prime example) than a DM with all of Kalvin's attributes. And in young Jimmy Summerville, we might already have one on our books. As the wise minority have said, let's enjoy him while he's here. Investment or no investment, a club like ours, paupers in relative terms, was never going to be the ceiling for a player of his obvious class.

lufc1304 wrote on 16 Oct 2021 12:36 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:26 pm Maybe but imagine what the club would have had to have done to adjust to a European campaign this season.
That would have been a recipe for disaster.
We aren't ready for that.
Remember last time and what happened to the club.

Small steps.
:clap: :clap: :clap:

mentalcase wrote on 16 Oct 2021 12:01 pm

White Riot wrote: Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:32 am If he stays fit and in form it would be really awesome if we could give him a wage increase to sign an extended contract and keep hold of him next season.

He's likely to shine at the World Cup next winter and then they'll all break the bank to sign him and we'll get a fortune for him.
Aye, would be a shame to lose him at any stage, especially when we want to see our best players stay and shine and help us progress, worst case scenario, we sell him for a massive amount and spend it wisely, win / win, although, we've seen it far too often, make the money and see very little of it re-invested, hope Rad's is different.

Leeds1000 wrote on 16 Oct 2021 11:43 am

Newcastle may just inflate the market at the right time for us and Raphinha. We will only be buying midlevel players so shouldn't effect us too much. The only way i see Newcastle attracting the kind of players they will need to be competitive is to pay top market prices and wages, PSG like. They can't just become another Liverpool overnight as they don't have any major tradition or more importantly any CL football to rely on. Regardless of the money i feel its going to be a tough nut to crack up there.

I have a feeling Mourinho may have one last crack at the PL left in him?