By Alan Hutton

13th Nov, 2021 | 5:00pm

Leeds have 'the makings of world-class player' as pundit issues Raphinha transfer claim

Alan Hutton has insisted “top teams” will be looking at Leeds United star Raphinha after his impressive performances this season.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old has the potential to be a “world-class player”.

Raphinha claimed his fifth league goal of the season for Leeds United with a curling free-kick to open the scoring in a 1-1 draw against Leicester on Sunday.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks named the 24-year-old in his Premier League team of the week after his performance at Elland Road.

The former Tottenham hitman said it was a “matter of time” before “top-class” Raphinha departs Leeds United for a team playing in the Champions League.

One such club could be Liverpool, with Football Insider first breaking the news of their interest in February.

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Hutton insisted the impressive Raphinha is the “go-to man” at Elland Road.

“I’ve been really impressed with him – Leeds have got the makings of a world-class player there,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’s been their go-to man. He excites the fans, they love him, and he can get bums off seats.

“He is obviously now an international player so the expectations of him have gone through the roof – but at the moment he is meeting them.

“I can imagine there will be top clubs looking at him, which could be good for Leeds and good for Raphinha. He’s flourishing at the moment and playing to a really high standard.”

The winger is away with Brazil after bursting onto the scene in his first Selecao appearances last month.

The Leeds United star scored two and assisted two in three World Cup qualifiers in October.

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