Danny Murphy lauds Raphinha after Leeds draw with Everton
Danny Murphy told Match of the Day that Raphinha should be looking to double his tally of goals from last season, admitting his surprise that the Leeds United star only scored six during his first year at Elland Road.
The Brazilian is off the mark for the current campaign. He scored a stunning equaliser as the Whites earned a point against Everton on Saturday.
The winger found the corner with a superb finish from the edge of the box as Marcelo Bielsa’s men came from behind for a second time in the contest.
Many will suggest that Raphinha is the most dangerous player in an extremely impressive Leeds side.
But Murphy has challenged the 24-year-old to take his game to another level after his first year in the Premier League.
“Raphinha was the man for me, who during the whole 90 minutes was demanding the ball, brave on the ball,” he told Match of the Day after his display against Everton.
“I’m surprised he only got six goals last season. With his ability, he should be doubling that this season. He gets in these wonderful positions, got good feet, wonderful left foot and he’s really direct.”
Jack Harrison will welcome the focus being on Raphinha after two bright displays for Leeds
Raphinha is undoubtedly the headline act in Bielsa’s ranks. But they have several other players who have the ability to produce a moment of magic.
And one of those who may welcome going under the radar somewhat is Jack Harrison.
The winger was another who was outstanding on Saturday. And some of the skill he produced was simply outrageous, particularly in one incident when he was cornered by several Everton players near the touchline.
Of course, opposition sides will not take Harrison lightly. He was actually directly involved in one more goal than Raphinha last season.
But he will surely have few complaints if rival teams’ desire to stop Raphinha prompts them to encourage Leeds to create overloads on their left flank instead.