New Leeds United signing Raphinha will be in the squad for the first time for the game against Wolves on Monday night.
Talking in his pre-match press conference, Bielsa said that the winger had made an “instant” impact at Leeds and that he was “delighted” with his new player.
Another interesting snippet about Raphinha is that Bielsa claimed that the winger would eventually be moulded to fill the central attacking position.
Raphinha was the last summer signing for Leeds after arriving in a £17m deal from Rennes.
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Leeds have real depth now
Bielsa doesn’t rush new signings into the first team and we were half expecting an Under-23s outing for the new winger.
However, it seems that Bielsa is happy with his fitness and is ready to plunge him straight into the Premier League.
That’s perhaps not surprising as Raphinha has played six times already in Ligue 1 this season, with his last start coming just a day before he signed for Leeds.
That’s unusual but it proved that he’s match fit and ready to go.
We don’t expect him to start on Monday, with Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and Ian Poveda playing well on the wings. We expect Harrison and Costa to get the nod from Bielsa at Elland Road on Monday.
However, having players like Raphinha on the bench means that Leeds now have a strong and deep squad, especially in the top third.
The defence has taken a bit of a battering with Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper picking up injuries while on international duty.
That will likely mean the return of Pascal Struijk to the starting XI after the youngster impressed despite being on the end of a 4-3 defeat in the first game of the season against Liverpool.
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