Did Leeds United secure the signing of last summer in Raphinha? Phil Hay is in no two minds he has been the most ‘astute’ transfer.
The 24-year-old wing wizard did not technically join until after the summer when he pitched up in West Yorkshire from Rennes in October, with the transfer window still open due to the late start of the Premier League following a delayed end to last season.
But one thing is for sure – he has captured the imagination of the footballing world with his dazzling skills on the Elland Road touchline.
The £58,000 per week ace has lit up the Premier League and Hay is in no doubt as to how much he has shown his value.
He posed the question on his personal Twitter profile as to whether he was the best ‘pound-for-pound-signing’ before linking his Athletic article titled ‘Why Raphinha’s move to Leeds was the most astute signing of the summer’.
He argued: “Any scratching below the surface of Raphinha’s Premier League displays shows how convincingly Leeds beat the system in capturing him at a relatively modest price.”
Hay added: “Five months on, Leeds can tell themselves that they emerged from the summer window with one of the best attacking signings of any Premier League team.”
Magic man proves money isn’t everything
We’ve been waxing lyrical about Raphinha for months now but we’re still not bored of it.
He has been a breath of fresh air and at MOT Leeds News, we do not think there is any competition for him when it comes to value for money signings.
Five goals and five assists in 21 games is an outstanding return for a 24-year-old player in his maiden Premier League season.
That has come in 1621 minutes of action [WhoScored] meaning he directly contributes to a goal every 162.1 minutes, so more than one every two games.
These figures stand up and exceed some of the most expensive signings of the summer, like Chelsea’s Kai Havertz who has laid on two assists and scored just once since moving from Bayer Leverkusen.
Havertz cost a reported £72million while Raphinha moved for less than a quarter of that figure at just £16.72million [Transfermarkt].
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace signed Eberechi Eze from Championship side QPR for £16.02million and while he has shown glimpses of promise he has been nowhere near the levels of our Brazilian magician with just six goal contributions in 225 more minutes.
So Raphinha is blowing players at all levels out of the water and is undoubtedly the most astute signing of the summer.
In other Leeds United news, Spanish media outlet slams Rodrigo after ‘disastrous’ Whites move.