'Wow' - Jermaine Beckford heaps praise Leeds player who 'nailed it' in late Everton win

Jermaine Beckford has lavished praise on Leeds United winger Raphinha for his match-winning turn against Everton on Saturday.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 11:57 am
Raphinha. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Brazilian opened his account for the Whites with a late strike to secure all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s men at Goodison Park, and to help his side move up to 12th in the Premier League table.

Beckford was in attendance on Merseyside at the weekend, and admitted during the Doing a Leeds podcast that he was bowled over by the 23-year-old's contribution against the Toffees.

“What a goal as well”, the former Elland Road hitman said.

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"I was at Goodison Park to watch it first hand, and as he lined it up to pass it out wide to Jack Harrison and decided, ‘Nah, I’m not going to do that, I’m going to bang it in the bottom corner’, I thought to myself, ‘Wow’.

"Honestly, I was so happy – not just for us getting the win, but more so for him being able to finally score that goal, his first goal for Leeds United. The first of many, hopefully.

"He nailed it, honestly. He had a great game, very exciting player.

"Good for the future as well, and him and Helder Costa, they’ve got a great little thing going on on that side now, so I’m excited to see what the future’s holding.”

Raphinha has forced his way into Bielsa’s plans at Elland Road in recent weeks after his summer move from Rennes.

The wide man has started the Whites’ last two matches, and played 45 minutes in the 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace.