Some Leeds fans are reacting to Raphinha’s performance last night

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Leeds United warmed up for next week’s Premier League opener at Manchester United with a solid result away to the Europa League champions on Saturday night.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side drew 2-2 away to Villarreal in what is encouraging preparation for the trip to Old Trafford in six days time.

And unsurprisingly, Raphinha was arguably Leeds’ stand-out player against Unai Emery’s troops yesterday.

The Brazilian winger was a revelation during his first season at Elland Road last term and based on his showing against the Spaniards, more of the same could be coming during the 2021-22 campaign.

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The 24-year-old fizzed an effort wide of the post in the first half and his delivery from set pieces was problematic for Villarreal, who wound up conceding indirectly from one of his corners when Mateusz Klich’s precise strike on the edge of the box cancelled out a first-minute opener.

It was an all-round exciting display from Raphinha and here’s how some Leeds fans reacted to his performance on Twitter:

Speculation

The fact that Raphinha remains a Leeds player is good news in itself.

Okay so there wasn’t that much speculation, but the rumour mill was warming up at one point and you can see why some supporters would’ve been a little concerned, especially because Liverpool were among those keeping track of the player.

But next summer could be much more serious if Raphinha does the business for Leeds again this season.

Nobody in West Yorkshire will be thinking about a sale but, realistically, there are much richer clubs than the Whites in the Premier League and they could seriously test their resolve, should the South American enhance his reputation over the next nine months.

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