Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to say they want Raphinha to start against Arsenal on Sunday with Helder Costa suffering the axe.

Raphinha, 23, is yet to start a game for the Whites since joining them from Rennes last month but has impressed in his three appearances off the bench against Wolves, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

And with Arsenal up next at Elland Road, fans are calling on Marcelo Bielsa to start the Brazilian winger for the first time.

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But who makes way for Leeds’ newest player?

Costa plays in the same position as Raphinha but the former Wolves winger has been one of the most impressive players at Elland Road this season with two goals and two assists in eight Premier League outings.

However, Leeds’ form has started to dip in the last few weeks with Bielsa’s men winning just one of their last five games and losing three of them.

And fans now want to see the United manager mix things up a bit ahead of this weekend by bringing Raphinha into the side to replace Costa.

Here is a selection of their tweets:

Leeds fans can tweet what they want about Bielsa’s team selection but the Argentine has shown time after time that he cannot be swayed in his choices.

Bielsa loves consistency to the point where he only really changes his starting line-up if a player is injured or suspended or his form has dropped severely.

None of them have happened to Costa so we don’t expect the £32,500-a-week [Spotrac] winger to be dropped this weekend.

It’s frustrating but we really cannot question Bielsa’s methods for all the good he’s done in West Yorkshire.

In other Leeds United news, two players could leave Elland Road in the January transfer window.


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