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Paul Robinson has made Leeds attacker Raphinha his man-of-the-match after a game-winning display against Everton.
It was only Raphinha’s second start for the club after signing for Leeds in the summer and he scored the winning goal in the 1-0 win.
Robinson said Raphinha was “outstanding”, exploited the system set up by Carlo Ancelotti and left Alex Iwobi – on £50k-a-week at Everton – completely confused about what to do.”
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “The most impressive thing about the win is coming back from two 4-1 defeats to keep two clean sheets.
“Everton, on paper, looked like a really tough task, much harder than Arsenal the week before.
“I thought Raphinha was outstanding. It’s taken him a bit of time to get into the starting XI but not as much time as others.
“I just think he really exploited the way Ancelotti played with two wing-backs. Iwobi didn’t know whether to stick or bust, stay or go, and Raphinha really exploited the space in behind him when he pushed on.
“The centre-back too, when he pushed up Raphinha exploited the space in behind him too.
“Raphinha looked a real threat every time he got the ball and he took his goal really well.
I thought it was an outstanding performance. You could have picked any member of the back four but for me Raphinha was the man-of-the-match.
Helder Costa has been the man to make way for Raphinha and he almost scored when he came on in the dying minutes of the game.
We think Costa is going to have to look to make an impact from the bench – we can’t see Raphinha getting dropped for the game against Chelsea on Saturday.
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