By Mark Smith

25th Oct, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Unbelievable', 'Brilliant' - Many Leeds fans react as Raphinha scores first goal with U23s

There was a treat for Leeds United fans on Sunday afternoon as the Under-23s welcomed Norwich City to Thorp Arch.

Mark Jackson had a number of senior players available to him, with nine days to go until the Premier League clash against Leicester City.

Kiko Casilla, Pascal Struijk, Raphinha, Pablo Hernandez, Ian Poveda and Tyler Roberts were all handed starts against the young Canaries.

It was a lightning-quick start for the Whites, who took the lead inside five minutes after Poveda finished off a move including Hernandez and Roberts.

Jackson will have been delighted with his side, who came into this one on the back of an undeserved 3-2 defeat at Reading in the Premier League 2.

New signing Raphinha certainly caught the eye playing in that central playmaker role ahead of Hernandez, and he got his first goal for the club in the first half.

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The Brazilian caught the eye against Aston Villa on Friday evening, and it was one of his cross-field passes that was loved by the Leeds faithful.

Marcelo Bielsa has a number of options available to him out wide at this moment in time, and having both Raphinha and Poveda as rotation options at this time, isn’t bad at all.

Many Leeds fans reacted to his performance and goal on Sunday, and they were delighted with the impact he made for the youngsters.

The majority of those were left calling for him to earn more minutes or even start against Leicester next week in the Premier League.

MOT Leeds News have picked out some of the best reactions below…

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