Marcelo Bielsa wowed by how quickly Leeds summer signing has adapted at Elland Road
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has praised Elland Road newcomer Raphinha for how quickly he’s adapted to life at his new club.
The Whites signed the 23-year-old on transfer deadline day, paying French outfit Rennes a reported £17million fee for his services.
The international break came soon after and, with Raphinha not amongst those called up by their nations, he continued to train at Thorp Arch.
The Leeds summer signing has already taken part in one of Bielsa’s intense “murderball” sessions, where the ball is continuously thrown back in play.
Luke Ayling praised Raphinha for how he did in the drill, and speaking at his pre-match press conference, Bielsa suggested he could even feature against Wolves on Monday.
“I think so, yes,” the Argentine told Leeds Live when asked whether he’d include the Brazilian in the team for the Premier League fixture.
“It’s difficult to say three days from the game because in three days many things can happen, but if it was today he would be in the group.
“His adaptation has been very quick, instant. For this, I thank Victor Orta as he’s a player who can adapt very easily to our style of play.”
Leeds have had a superb transfer window, with the likes of Rodrigo Moreno, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Joe Gelhardt arriving at Elland Road.
Raphinha also looks like he’ll not only be delivering exciting moments for the Elland Road faithful but also sooner than expected, judging by Bielsa’s comments.
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