Raphinha offers verdict on role he plays under Jesse Marsch at Leeds
Raphinha has suggested to BBC Radio Leeds that he was better suited to the system Marcelo Bielsa used at Leeds United than the one under Jesse Marsch, but insisted that he is enjoying the challenge of adapting his game.
Raphinha has been a shining light in a difficult season for the Whites. He has scored 10 goals in the Premier League, and he has often looked like their most dangerous player.
He has shown glimpses of his quality since Marsch replaced Bielsa. The Brazilian scored against Watford, while he also provided the vital assist in the dramatic win over Norwich.
However, some may wonder if he is one player who looked better under Bielsa. Certainly, Monday’s stalemate with Crystal Palace saw the 25-year-old struggle to make a significant impact on the game.
‘With Jesse, it’s different’
He seems to be being asked to play more centrally, whereas he often picked up the ball on the touchline under Bielsa. And that left him with the opportunity to run at players and use his skill to dance past challenges.
Raphinha himself, has admitted that he was better suited to the style under Bielsa. But he made it clear that he is enjoying playing under Marsch and working on what he is now being asked to do.
“I think he’s brought in great ideas which help us, he’s brought our belief back and got us getting results again,” he told BBC Radio Leeds, when discussing Marsch.
“Individually, as a player who is pacy, I prefer to have space to run into. That was the case under Marcelo, also when I play for Brazil, it’s a more open game. With Jesse, it’s different, there’s less of that. But I think it’s great for players to adapt to what a coach asks of them.”
Getting most out of Raphinha could be key to Leeds staying up
With Premier League survival still in the balance, Leeds fans may be a little alarmed by what Raphinha has said. Of course, he clearly has no problem playing a different way. In fact, he appears to be loving the challenge.
However, Raphinha is the player who gives Leeds the best chance of springing an upset in their next three games.
So the fans would love for Marsch to find a way to keep the defensive stability they have started to find while also playing to the winger’s strengths.
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