By Mark Smith

15th Oct, 2021 | 11:05am

Alan McInally: Leeds won't be able to keep hold of star man Raphinha

Alan McInally has insisted that Leeds United will find it hard to keep hold of star man Raphinha after this season.

The Sky Sports pundit believes the Brazilian star is the first name on the teamsheet at Elland Road and will have plenty of suitors moving forward.

Raphinha was sensational in his first start for his country last night, scoring twice in a big 4-1 win over Uruguay.

Speaking on The Group Chat for Betfair, McInally predicted a big move around the corner for Raphinha in the near future.

“Yeah, he’s a good player – a really, really good player,” he said.

“He’s as good a player in, I would say, within that top 10 that doesn’t play for one of the top four, top five. I can see that, I wouldn’t think that’s his destination, he’ll have plenty of suitors if Leeds United decide to let him go.

“Every time I’ve seen him, he’s either changed a game or influenced a game in a way you want to. Who’s first on the teamsheet? Raphinha for me, is the first name on the teamsheet for me, it’ll be good if they can keep him, but I don’t know if they could.”

Inevitable?

None of us wants to admit it, but is it getting to that stage where we may have to come around to the fact that an exit could be inevitable sooner rather than later.

We were used to losing our best players in the Championship, but it will not have as big an impact as those did on us at the time.

It may sound stupid, but the fact is that should Raphinha leave, the Whites should receive enormous profit from a huge fee.

That will allow them to reinvest that money into the squad and hopefully produce another couple of superstars to take them to the next level.

Leicester have been the perfect example of that in recent years, selling the likes of Harry Maguire, Riyad Mahrez and Ben Chilwell, but staying in the chase for a Champions League spot each year.

We hope this isn’t the case, but if it happens, Andrea Radrizzani has to be ready to pump that cash back into the squad.

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