By Mark Smith

9th Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Paul Robinson shares verdict on Raphinha saga at Leeds

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United.

Paul Robinson has predicted more changes in the ongoing Raphinha saga at Leeds United in the next month.

Brazil and FIFA have enforced a five-day ban on those who didn’t report for international duty, with the winger turning it down due to COVID-19.

Tite is set to announce his squad for the October games next Friday, and Robinson believes that the Whites could manage without the attacker with their newfound strength in depth.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “We don’t know what’s going to happen between now and October.

“The opportunity comes to play for Brazil, but you look at Leeds and the strength in depth now with Jack Harrison and Dan James who can play there.

“Leeds have become reliant on him, but they can manage without him at some point this season if he’s not able to play every game. He will be a miss.”

Big miss?

Raphinha is currently set to miss the Liverpool game on Sunday, but would also be absent from the Southampton trip next month after the October break.

The deadline day business to sign Dan James is now looking like a masterstroke, and his debut could come sooner rather than later.

Leeds can be reliant on Raphinha to create magic at times, but there are more than enough alternatives to cover his absence for one game.

Richard Masters is looking for a resolution that could see the winger available this weekend, and that would be our preferred outcome [Mike Keegan].

Robinson insists things could change many times in the next month, but is confident one missed game won’t be the worst – time will tell.

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