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Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey admits he is impressed by Raphinha and acknowledges that the Brazilian winger gives Leeds United a “good lead”.
Raphinha announced himself in the Premier League with a good winner as Leeds beat Everton 1-0 last time. The Brazilian, a £ 18m summer signing from Rennes, fired a low shot from outside the area that beat Jordan Pickford.
The winger enjoyed an outstanding game, however, and was a constant threat throughout.
Heskey said: “It looks a lot like (the wingers Leeds already have). They have to have a certain category of players and they all fall into the same basket.
“He’s got a lot of energy, going back and forth, which you need in a Leeds team because they play one-on-one throughout the park. It has that little fine edge, that little finishing touch that goes with that too. “
Raphinha’s exhibition also won the applause of Marcelo Bielsa. The name of the Leeds manager marked the Brazilian as someone who could destabilize opposing defenses before the clash with Chelsea..
In addressing the qualities he brings to Leeds, Bielsa admitted that he was a huge fan of Raphinha.
“He is a player with the ability to unbalance a team individually. He has good physical qualities, he is a dynamic player.
“It is not difficult for him to go back and forth or to go back and defend.
The characteristics of the team coincide with their way of playing ”.
Parlor compares Bielsa to Wenger
Meanwhile, former Arsenal player Ray Parlor believes that Bielsa’s work at Leeds is similar to that of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
The Frenchman joined the Gunners of the Grampus Eight in 1996 and transformed them into a dominant force in the game.
Now Parlor has come to see similarities after Bielsa elevated Leeds to the top flight for the first time in 16 years.
Parlor said in talkSPORT: “Bielsa has done a great job; the energy, the way they play, always up front. Arsene Wenger was very similar. All he cared about was football and he watched game videos that you wouldn’t even think of watching.
“Some people are just crazy about football and I think Bielsa will fall into that kind of category. It’s not bad at all.
“He will meet all the footballers in Europe and will say immediately who can strengthen our team, who we need to improve. You have to raise your hands and say what manager! “
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