By Saikat Mandal

13th Nov, 2021 | 8:10pm

Dan James raves about Leeds winger Raphinha

Daniel James has showered heaps of praise on Leeds United winger Raphinha, saying he is a “magician”.

James, who joined Leeds during the summer transfer window from Manchester United, has waxed lyrical about the Brazilian, in conversation with the FIFA website.

He has suggested that Raphinha has always been a “great” player, but he has taken his game to a new level this term.

The 24-year-old has suggested that ever since Raphinha got his international call-up, he has become more confident, and has improved a lot.

“He’s a magician. He’s always been a great player – I played against him at United and he was always great – but he’s improved so much,” said James while speaking to FIFA website.

“He fully deserved his Brazilian call-up and I think since he got it, he’s pushed on even more, he’s even more confident. He can do absolutely anything on the pitch. It’s great playing with him.”

Magician

Leeds signed Raphinha on the transfer deadline day from Rennes in October 2020 by paying a handsome fee of £17 million.

He dazzled in his first season at the club, and gradually has become a key player under Marcelo Bielsa.

This season, it’s been a different story. Raphinha has taken his game to a whole new dimension.

He is not only the most exciting player to watch at the club, but at times he has carried the team on his own.

Leeds have made a poor start to the season, and there have been times when Raphinha alone has provided the spark of inspiration with his goal and creativity.

Raphinha has scored five goals from 10 games this season, but his contribution to the club goes beyond that. He not only creates chances for others but puts in a lot of defensive shifts. He is now a complete package.

James is absolutely spot on about him. He can do anything on the pitch. That’s a guarantee.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson has dropped a huge transfer claim on one Whites star with an imminent exit on the cards