Leeds United completed the Premier League double over Newcastle at St James’ Park last night with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
These three points were much tougher than the ones from the 5-2 win at Elland Road. Newcastle were the better side in the second half of the game and Leeds rode their luck but came out smiling.
Raphinha and Jack Harrison got the goals and the former was the star man for us, setting the winning strike up.
It could possibly have been an easier victory – Raphinha also hit the post when he should have squared for a tap-in for Patrick Bamford.
The Harrison goal was an absolute banger though, a really cool sliced finish into the corner of the net – and it impressed Rio Ferdinand, as did the set-up from Raphinha.
Talking about the goal on the live BT Sport coverage of the game (Tuesday, 8pm), Ferdinand said, “That’s a great ball from Raphinha, all the space in the world, no one around him marking him, that’s a paintbrush of a left foot there, just guides it into the far corner, fantastic strike from Harrison.
“I think he has been a breath of fresh air since he has come. He has been one of the star men for Leeds this season. Fantastic football.”
Raphinha a revelation, Harrison not far behind
Raphinha has been a revelation since he joined from Rennes in the summer.
He’s taken Helder Costa’s place in the team and relegated him to a forgotten man.
His goal was fantastic last night, a cool, calm finish when a lot of players would have lost their heads.
And his pass for the Harrison goal was absolutely sublime.
Harrison finished it off in style and walked back nonchalantly as if he does this sort of thing for fun.
He struggles for consistency but his talent is real and if both players hit the heights then Leeds would have one of the best sets of wingers in the league.
Raphinha got a massive 8.6 rating from WhoScored, the highest on the pitch, while Harrison was given a 7.1, the third-highest on the Leed team.
For us, Raphinha looks Champions League quality already and he won the game for Leeds last night.
It’s a stunning bit of business at around £17m – a fee that Raphinha said left him feeling devalued.
After last night’s performance, we agree.
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