By Craig Scott

4th Apr, 2021 | 6:05pm

Robbie Savage wowed by 'Exceptional' Leeds United star Raphinha

Robbie Savage was blown away by winger Raphinha as Leeds United beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Elland Road on Saturday.

Raphinha, 24, registered his 12th goal contribution of the season when he assisted Jack Harrison’s opener in the first half.

Ben Osborn equalised for the Blades just before half-time before a Phil Jagielka own goal helped the Whites on their way to a 2-1 win and all three points in the Yorkshire derby.

Speaking on BT Sport Score after Harrison’s first-half goal, Savage paid tribute to Raphinha and asked BT host Jule Breach whether she had the Brazilian in her Fantasy Premier League team.

“Raphinha has been exceptional. I’m sure he’s in Jules’ fantasy football team,” said Savage.

Breach replied: “Raphinha? Yes, absolutely. Him and Bamford.”

Savage: “It’s great play [for the first goal], they’re relentless in the high press.”

Running out of superlatives

How do we describe Raphinha anymore? We’re running out of superlatives for the former Rennes winger.

Each time he plays, that £17million fee paid for him in September is looking more and more like a bargain.

Raphinha now has six goals and six assists in 25 Premier League appearances for the Whites, who basically confirmed they won’t be relegated this season by beating 20th-placed Sheffield United on Saturday.

It was good to get one over on Paul Heckingbottom and win the derby day bragging rights but it was by no means a stellar performance by Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Raphinha did, as always, stand out though.

According to stats by WhoScored, the Brazilian completed more key passes [4] and more dribbles [6] than any other player on the pitch on Saturday.

He was dispossessed three times, which was also the most in the game, but when so much is going through one player, he’s bound to lose the ball every now and then.

Raphinha is only going to get better and better under Bielsa, as Harrison has shown.

We cannot wait to see how he continues to develop at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Ally McCoist claims this Whites star was lucky to have avoided a red card against Sheffield United.