Date: 21st March 2021 at 6:20pm
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Joe Thomlinson hosted the latest edition of Football Daily’s Sunday Vibes, where the pundits discussed their star performers from each team this season. 

Leeds United have had an excellent return to life in the Premier League. So far, Marcelo Bielsa’s side find themselves sat in 11th place in the table following their 2-1 victory over Fulham on Friday night.

Thomlinson picked up on the performances of the Yorkshire club’s £17m summer signing, Raphinha, with the Brazilian impressing many after joining from Ligue 1 side .

Speaking about the £60k-per-week star, Thomlinson spoke very highly of the high standards he has set for himself in just his first season in the Premier League.

He said: “I think Raphinha, because of the fact he was only £16m – I say only, it’s still a lot of money – but from , I don’t think people were expecting him to hit 10 goal involvements [in his] first season and have the impact he has had.

“And he just already looks ready-made for a side – no offence to Leeds – but they’ll do well to hold on to him this summer.”

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This season, Raphinha has netted six times in the Premier League and provided five assists, ranking as joint-second-highest in terms of the latter for Bielsa’s side this season.

TIF Thoughts on Thomlinson’s comments…

Raphinha has certainly settled in nicely to the Premier League and his side’s style of play definitely helps him as he is able to make the most of his blistering speed on the counter-attack.

Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with a summer swoop for the Brazilian (via The Sun), which could certainly make for an interesting battle with Leeds ‘desperate’ to keep hold of their star.