Jamie O'Hara: Dejan Kulusevski is a better player than Leeds United winger Raphinha
Jamie O’Hara believes that Tottenham’s Swedish winger Dekan Kulusevski is a better player than Leeds United winger Raphinha.
The Daily Mail reported on 23 June that Tottenham have their sights set on Raphinha and fellow Brazilian Richarlison.
Despite the links, former Spurs midfielder O’Hara believes Tottenham’s current right-winger Kulusevski is a better player than the 25-year-old Brazilian.
Talking on talkSPORT EDGE on Tuesday 28 June, he said: “Raphinha is a great signing but is he better than Kulusevski? And that is the argument with Raphinha.
“Kulusevski at the minute is probably a better player.
“Raphinha for me is a great player and I’d like to sign him so he doesn’t go to Arsenal.
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“He would be an easy eight or nine out of ten.”
Hard to judge
Kulusevski has been immense for Spurs since his January move from Juventus but it’s still slightly harsh to dismiss Raphinha’s immense talent.
If Raphinha was playing with the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min week in and week out, then there would be every chance the Brazilian would’ve been on par with Kulusevski.
If Raphinha did make the move to Spurs it would be intriguing to see if the winger would be first choice for Antonio Conte’s side.
It is crucial that Raphinha is playing regular first-team football wherever he ends up for the 2022/23 campaign.
The 2022 World Cup is fast approaching and the Raphinha will be keen to make himself a key part of the Brazil squad.
The South Americans are much fancied heading into the tournament and it could be a huge chance for Raphinha to add a World Cup winners medal to his resume.
If he isn’t playing regularly, then there is every chance he could jeopardise his chances of featuring for Brazil.