Steve McManaman was awestruck by the “sublime” Raphinha when opening the scoring for Leeds United against Newcastle.
The Brazilian notched his third goal of the season for the Whites, curling into the bottom corner after receiving the ball from Rodrigo.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men made hard work of the win though, beating the Magpies 2-1 despite playing possibly their worst football of the season in the second half.
Speaking during live coverage of the game on BT Sport, McManaman was awestruck with the desire to get forward in numbers by Leeds.
“Look at them go – one, two, three, four options all around,” he said.
“Even now, Newcastle sort of get back but they don’t pick anybody up. They get into the box but don’t mark the Leeds forwards.
“Rodrigo passes to Raphinha, and as I said, it was a sublime finish wasn’t it, doesn’t panic, doesn’t thrash through the ball, he just places it into the side of the net, goalkeeper no chance.”
It was a phenomenal finish.
When receiving the ball on the run, it is easy to get carried away and clear the crossbar, but Raphinha seems to show that bit of class that is always needed.
The Brazilian is at his most dangerous when moving onto his left-foot, with all three of his goals coming from areas that it was most likely harder to score.
The 24-year-old is quickly becoming a fan favourite. Ian Wright has previously claimed that wingers who cost more than double aren’t producing what Raphinha is.
This is just another “sublime” moment added to his showreel at Elland Road, and long may it continue for many years.
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