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.
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:
Raphinha deserves a go, has looked brilliant in the minutes he has played so far
— Jay Coyle (@JayCoyle9) November 16, 2020
It’s a yes from me. Time for Costa to have a spell on the bench.
— Jazz Williams (@jazzjwilliams) November 10, 2020
Leeds need to start both Rodrigo & Raphinha against Arsenal on Sunday, both players will cause them no end of problems #LUFC
— LUFC Connor (@ConnorMOT92) November 17, 2020
— Conor McGilligan (@ConorJHMcG) November 16, 2020
Raphinha let him prove himself, Costa has had plenty of games we know what he can do
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) November 16, 2020
Rafa – just looks a better more involved footballer – we never see costa try to ping 40 meter cross field passes – Brazilian magic injection please
— richard crossley (@richard17577409) November 16, 2020
Raphinha. Costa is a gamble nowadays. Shown a lot of inconsistency.
— BielsaSZN🇦🇷 (@chandxn_) November 17, 2020
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.