'More shine' - Marcelo Bielsa on the prospect of Leeds United winger Raphinha getting even better

MARCELO Bielsa has reflected on the next steps for Leeds United winger Raphinha to shine even brighter than he already is.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 5:45 am

Leeds snapped up the 24-year-old winger for what is already looking like an absolute bargain price of £17m from Rennes on October 2020 transfer deadline day.

Five months later, Raphinha has already helped himself to five goals and five assists and the winger has been nominated for the Premier League's player of the month award for February.

Asked about the Brazilian's progress, Whites head coach Bielsa said there was not much needed to be added to any attacking player's game and that consistency was now the only key to excelling even more.

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DAZZLING: Leeds United winger Raphinha, pictured during last month's 2-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace. Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images.

Asked how much more there was to come from Raphinha and how much more he believed there was for the winger to produce, Bielsa said: "What Raphinha is able to create, we’ve already seen.

"After, what shows more shine or not is whether he’s able to do it on a regular basis.

"The set-pieces, he manages them very well.

"Physically, he’s very apt.

"He can unbalance individually or combine with his team-mates.

"I can’t think of many more things to add to an attacking player, but the most important thing is how many times those resources are shown in every game."

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