Luke Ayling has been blown away by the effect of Leeds United winger Raphinha in the Premier League this season.
The Brazilian arrived at Elland Road back in October from Rennes for only £17million and has quickly become a fan favourite in West Yorkshire.
Ayling has labelled the winger as “unbelievable” and his four-goal involvements in as many games recently is his best patch of form since joining.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game against Arsenal, Ayling admitted that he was lucky to play behind the Brazilian star.
“You can tell that he had something,” he said.
“He’s come in and he’s just done unbelievable to come in and start under the boss, it’s hard. It usually takes players a few months to get up to pace, but he’s come in.
“All the tricks and the workrate off the ball is just unbelievable. If he gives it away then you watch how he sprints and gets it back straight away. I’m lucky that I get to play behind him.”
Marcelo Bielsa demands huge amounts from all of his players, and it definitely takes them weeks to adjust, take Jean-Kevin Augustin for example last year.
Raphinha has created 27 chances in the Premier League, and his shot conversion rate stands at 13.3%, but it’s his creativity that has impressed us the most.
Only two players in the Leeds squad are averaging more key passes per game according to WhoScored, with him and Jack Harrison really taking to the top-flight with ease.
Raphinha is only getting better, and so are the Whites – something we can’t wait to continue watching every single.
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