Jermaine Beckford has been blown away by what he’s seen from Raphinha since the winger arrived at Leeds United in October.
Raphinha, 24, has been a revelation for the Whites, making the right-wing spot his own and showing the ability to absolutely tear opposition defenders apart with his pace and skill.
The Brazilian registered his fourth assist of the Premier League season on Sunday as the Whites came from behind to win 3-1 against Leicester at the King Power.
Speaking ahead of the game, Sky Sports pundit Beckford spoke highly of the former Rennes ace.
“Wow. What a player he is,” Beckford said on Sky Sports Main Event on Sunday.
“Honestly, he’s such an exciting talent. Whenever he picks up on the ball he’s constantly on the front foot thinking ‘right, can I get past my player?’
“Left-footed, unbelievable striker of the ball, his positional sense and overall pace, is something that really excited me when I first saw him.
“His first touch is always very immaculate, his movement is great as well and he creates opportunities for those around him.”
Raphinha masterstroke by Bielsa & Orta
Before Raphinha arrived at Elland Road in the last transfer window, Leeds seemed to be more bothered about strengthening their central options by signing Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich.
However, Cuisance failed a medical and, as a result, failed to become a Leeds player and that left funds in the budget for Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta to go out and sign Raphinha from Rennes instead.
Since that move, Raphinha’s been incredible.
He’s one of the first names on the team sheet and is proving himself to be a major bargain because he only cost the Whites £17million [BBC Sport].
There’s no doubt Raphinha’s valued has already soared since then.
We cannot wait to see how his career in West Yorkshire pans out but we have a feeling he’s going to become one of those players you cannot help but fall in love with.
In other Leeds United news, there’s been a major update on Bielsa’s future at Elland Road.