Leeds '100%' nailed-on for relegation as Raphinha 'close to injury' - pundit
Leeds United would be in the bottom two without Raphinha, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker insisted players like Jack Harrison, Rodrigo and Dan James need to start scoring for the Whites.
Raphinha scored his fifth Premier League goal of the season in Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Leicester City at the weekend.
Three of those goals have come from outside of the penalty area – the most of any Premier League player this term, according to LUFCDATA on Twitter.
Raphinha has scored 45.45 per cent of Leeds’ goals this term – only Norwich City’s Teemu Puki, three of five goals, have been more reliant on one scorer.
Asked whether that should worry Marcelo Bielsa, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Leeds, if they didn’t have Raphinha, they would be in the bottom two, 100 per cent.
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“They rely on him so much. He’s a target when he plays, he’s close to getting injured every time he plays.
“They’ve got to be very careful, Leeds. Other players have to chip in, the likes of Rodrigo, James and Harrison. Even some of the centre-halves and full-backs need to chip in. You can’t just rely on Raphinha.”
Harrison scored eight times in his maiden Premier League campaign last season but is yet to find the net this term.
James has not scored for his new club after moving to Elland Road over the summer while Rodrigo has found the net twice, including a penalty.