By Daniel Feliciano

22nd Dec, 2022 | 10:10am

Adam Forshaw and Kalvin Phillips react as ex-Leeds United star Raphinha shares big personal news

Adam Forshaw and Kalvin Phillips are among a host of Leeds names to have sent congratulatory messages to Raphinha after he announced he is expecting a child.

The Brazilian spent two years at Elland Road before leaving for Barcelona in the summer in a £60m deal, leaving as a fan favourite after helping the club avoid relegation.

And he took to Instagram (21 December) to share the news that he is set to become a father following his World Cup participation, and a host of current and former Leeds stars sent him messages of congratulations.

Forshaw sent a message saying, “congrats mate”, while current Man City ace and former Leeds star Phillips sent three love heart emojis.

Junior Firpo also commented on the news, writing “congratulations my brother” in Portuguese in the comments section.

Unity

Even though Raphinha and Phillips aren’t members of the Leeds United squad anymore these days, there is clearly a brotherhood and a bond between the squad members.

That’s a huge credit to the team spirit and unity that Marcelo Bielsa and then Jesse Marsch built during their time at the club, that it still continues on even after different players have gone on different paths in their careers.

Obviously the personal news for Raphinha is excellent, but looking back at Elland Road the goal has to be to ensure that the character and team spirit doesn’t leave when players do.

This season the unity has been great despite results not being nearly as good as many fans and pundits had hoped it would be with the amount of investment in the summer, but nobody has lost faith yet that it’s possible to improve and push away from a relegation battle.

Nobody will be giving Leeds a chance when they come up against Erling Haaland and co next week in the Premier League, but nobody gave us a chance at Anfield either until the team spirit shone through and we got the late winner.

In other Leeds news, Tony Dorigo slammed “poor” youngster for what he did v Monaco