Leeds: £40.5m star looks 'bewildered' at Elland Road

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Leeds United winger Raphinha has looked “bewildered” and “distracted” recently, claims David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

The 25-year-old continues to be linked with a move away from Elland Road, and Anderson believes an exit is inevitable if Jesse Marsch’s men fail to beat the drop this season.

How has Raphinha performed of late?

Raphinha thrived in the first half of the 2021/22 campaign, scoring eight Premier League goals before the new year.

However, recently, the £40.5m-rated Brazilian has really come off the boil. Since January, he has scored just twice, which has not helped Leeds in their battle for survival.

His dip in form coincides with Barcelona and West Ham registering an interest in him.

According to Spanish outlet SPORT, both of the aforementioned teams are keen on signing Raphinha, who is thought to be holding out for the former.

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What has Anderson said about Raphinha?

Anderson believes all the speculation surrounding Raphinha’s future is distracting the Brazil international, who he expects to leave Elland Road this summer if Leeds get relegated.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Daily Mirror reporter said: “He looked a bit bewildered, a bit distracted at the Emirates last Sunday. Is he distracted by all the speculation?

We know that Barcelona want him. We know if they go down, he’s definitely going to leave; he’s got a buy-out clause in his contract. So it’s a tough one to get his head right to basically dig Leeds out of this deep, deep hole that they’re in.”

Can Raphinha save Leeds’ season?

There is no denying that Raphinha has not been at his best recently. However, he has the quality to win Leeds games, quality Marsch needs to see in the Whites’ last two fixtures.

While the goals have dried up, with the £60,000-a-week star once again blanking in the recent 3-0 defeat to Chelsea, he is still the team’s top scorer.

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In the dribbles and key passes per game categories, he is also outperforming all of his team-mates, averaging 1.9 and 1.8 respectively (via WhoScored).

Simply put, Raphinha is Leeds’ best attacker, or at least he has been this season, with Patrick Bamford missing most of the campaign due to injury.

If they are to have any chance of survival going into their final two games against Brighton and Brentford, then they will need the former Rennes man to perform.

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