Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink has told Premier League Productions that Raphinha’s defensive ability and work off the ball is “refreshing to see”, given that it is not normally seen from a player that is as direct as the Leeds United winger.
Raphinha, who turned 24 in December, has been a sensational signing for Leeds. Since joining the club from French side Rennes last summer, the Brazilian has had a hand in eight goals during his 17 Premier League outings this season.
Scoring four and creating four more, the Brazilian was unlucky not to find the back of the net on Monday night – though Patrick Bamford profited. His shot was superbly saved by Vicente Guaita, and Bamford followed up to double his side’s lead.
Bamford’s 12th of the season came after Jack Harrison’s deflected effort flew into the net via Gary Cahill – but Raphinha was the star man on Monday night. Hasselbaink has commented on the summer addition, claiming his work rate is impressive.