Leeds United winger Raphinha is set to be involved for the first time in the Premier League against Wolves on Monday evening.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed the Brazilian has had a great impact at Thorp Arch over the international break, and that he would be in the squad at Elland Road.
The South American has had the international break to integrate into the Whites’ squad and has been in the centre of all training videos released by the club.
Raphinha has had the advantage of starting the season with Rennes, even featuring in a game the day before he jetted off to Leeds.
The 23-year-old scored and added an assist to his total for the season during the 2-2 draw against Reims in Ligue 1.
The Brazilian makes a number of progressive runs per game according to WyScout, and that makes him a major threat on the ball.
Ian Poveda was a massive threat when coming off the bench against Manchester City, and that could be Raphinha’s role against Wolves – with Jack Harrison also returning.
Where is Raphinha at his best?
The Brazilian loves to square up his man and win fouls – being fouled four times against Reims, winning dangerous free-kicks for his side.
Looking at WyScout in this clip, Raphinha is squared up by two defenders and has to hold up the ball to let his teammates arrive in the box.
Rather than stand up and hold up possession, the 23-year-old uses his pace to burst past both of his men – winning the foul on the edge of the box.
Imagine this coming off the bench after 70 minutes of a fast-paced clash for the Wolves defence, that is something they wouldn’t want to see.
Should the Wolves side tire after a frantic international break, Bielsa should bring Raphinha on and it is something the away team won’t want to see.
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