Pundit worries over Raphinha future at Leeds United as new Liverpool transfer update emerges
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 worries that Raphinha may have his head turned by a club like Liverpool if they make a move for the Leeds United attacker.
According to a report by the Mirror at the weekend, Raphinha could complete a “dream move” to Anfield in the January transfer window.
It is understood that exit-bound sporting director Michael Edwards could make the 24-year-old Brazil international his final signing at Anfield and Robinson is concerned that the promise of Champions League football could lure the winger away from Elland Road.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It’s a big worry for Leeds, keeping their best players is vital to them.
“We’ve seen how much they’ve missed Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford this season and to miss the likes of Raphinha would be an immense miss.
“But you’ve got to realise that if you’ve got top-quality players, top-quality clubs are going to come looking for them and unless the club matches the player’s ambition, they’ll look to move on.“
Robinson is also concerned that Phillips will attract attention from top clubs as well as he continues to impress for both Leeds and for England.
“I think the biggest worry for Leeds is Phillips,” Robinson added.
“He’s been England’s best player for a long time now and the Champions League is beckoning for him.
“It’s pretty much the same with Raphinha.
“If Leeds do want to progress, they have to keep the likes of those two and reward them in the same way that these other clubs, like Liverpool, would reward them.
“They have to be rewarded financially and also shown their ambition can be matched on the pitch. Contrary to common belief, it’s not all about money for footballers, there are a lot of footballers who want to achieve and play at the highest level to win trophies.
“Phillips and Raphinha are no different.”
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