Sky pundit hammers Leeds United star Raphinha for behaviour amid turmoil ahead of potential exit
Leeds United star was an “absolute disgrace” with his behaviour in the defeat at Arsenal (8 May) according to David Prutton.
The Brazilian, who is the subject of intense speculation over a potential summer move to Barcelona, reacted to Luke Ayling’s mindless sending off by furiously remonstrating with the referee.
Although the 25-year-old has been the star of a terrible season, Sky Sports pundit Prutton says the behaviour rendered him “useless” to the team when fighting for crucial points.
Former United midfielder Prutton wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column: “Raphinha’s reaction to [the red card] was a disgrace.
“I’ve been in a position in a relegation fight where I have completely lost it and let my team-mates down so I know exactly what it’s like and the brickbats that come with that and deservedly so and Raphinha, to me, looked like a player that wanted to be sent off.
“That was a team-mate who was totally out of control, who wasn’t listening to his team-mates so then you have got a player that is on the pitch in person but not spirit or mind.
“He’s gone, totally gone, and therefore useless to what the team ethic is after that.”
Say what you mean
Prutton hasn’t held back on Raphinha, and had he followed his captain on the day off the pitch it certainly would have added to an already disastrous situation.
Jesse Marsch’s side battled back to a 2-1 result at the Emirates, and with a full team may have been able to get more.
Suspensions for Ayling and Dan James for their unnecessary red cards have left an already stretched squad under even more pressure, and if Raphinha was also ruled out then the fight may already be over.
Whatever accusations that can be thrown at the former Rennes forward, he certainly isn’t letting this season fizzle out without commitment, as that furious reaction showed he cared at the very least.
If the team can’t rescue the situation over the final two matches then he is certain to leave, with relegation reportedly keeping his price low enough for the cash-strapped Catalans to afford him.
If they are able to scrape safety then he may be exit-bound all the same, but will cost a significant amount more.