Eddie Gray has backed Leeds United winger Raphinha to go from “strength to strength” after his first Premier League goal against Everton.

The Brazilian scored the winner at Goodison Park as he managed to find the bottom corner from distance in Merseyside.

Gray was awestruck by Raphinha and went on to shower him in praise for how he has settled into the Premier League since arriving from Rennes.

Speaking on LUTV ahead of the Chelsea game, Gray believes that the Brazilian got his reward for his tenacity in the final third.

“I thought he played very well,” he said.

“You keep trying things, you keep expressing yourself, using your ability and I think that’s what happened with Raphinha – he was unlucky a couple of times, he got the reward – I thought he was tremendous.

“He’s settled in very quickly, a lot quicker than I thought he would – when I first saw him, I thought it would take him a little bit of time. I’ll think he’ll go from strength-to-strength.”

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Raphinha is already starting to look like a brilliant piece of business.

The 23-year-old was phenomenal against the Toffees and built on his promising debut in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal the week before.

The Brazilian only had an expected goal total of 0.29 and made four progressive runs as well as four touches in Everton’s box according to WyScout.

Raphinha’s pace, flair and skill are clearly becoming a massive weapon for the Whites in the Premier League, and the £17million fee paid is looking like a bargain.

We can’t wait to see more.

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