By Noel Whelan

10th Aug, 2022 | 4:11pm

Leeds United employee in 'no doubt' after unexpected Raphinha claim

Noel Whelan has insisted there is “no doubt” Leeds United have a stronger squad than last season after their extensive transfer business so far this summer.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed loans for young players like Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton will also improve Jesse Marsch’s options in the coming years.

Leeds United kicked off the 2022-23 season with a 2-1 win over Wolves at Elland Road on Saturday (6 August).

Four new arrivals started the game, with Rasmus Kristensen, Brenden Aaronson, Marc Roca, and Tyler Adams all making their competitive bows for the Yorkshire side.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Thursday (4 August) and quoted by Leeds Live, manager Jesse Marsch insisted his first eleven is now “stronger” than last season.

He also claimed selling Phillips and Raphinha has allowed him to better implement the brand of football he wanted to bring to Elland Road.

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When asked if he agreed with Marsch’s statements, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think there’s no doubt. We needed a bigger squad.

“With the sale of Kalvin and Raphinha, that has given us the funds and the opportunity to go out and bring in a number of players.

“We’ve added experience and quality to a small squad, we’ve secured good loans for young players like Cresswell and Shackleton – so they’ll be ready for next year.

“Even if we have sold two big players, I think we’ve addressed the problems from last year and brought in some real depth to help us out.”

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