Pundit: Raphinha giving Bielsa major headache at Leeds - 'he's a nightmare'
Alan Hutton has suggested Raphinha may be giving Marcelo Bielsa a new headache after starring in an attacking midfield role for Leeds United.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old is a nightmare wherever he plays for the Whites.
The Brazilian winger started Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Wolves in a number 10 role.
He was a constant threat in his makeshift role, constantly driving forward with the ball at his feet.
The newly-capped Brazil international was successful in all nine of his attempted dribbles (WhoScored).
No other player from either side made more than three successful dribbles.
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Hutton admitted he had been blown away by the Leeds star’s performances.
Asked if he thought Raphinha was giving Bielsa a headache over where to play him, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, he is. He’s a nightmare, isn’t he?
“Thank god I don’t need to play against players like that because he’s unbelievable. Not just performances for Leeds but for Brazil now.
“It would not surprise me if there are a lot of big teams looking at him because of what he brings.
“He’s a flair player but he works extremely hard for the team. I think that’s what everybody likes. It’s what Bielsa likes, the fans, everybody.
“They kind of buy into what he’s doing and he’s got so much quality on the ball which is just fantastic to see. He can play a number of positions, which is brilliant.
“Things are looking good for him, aside from getting taken off and leaving the stadium on crutches. He says he’s okay. He’s a fantastic player.”
Raphinha has scored three goals in eight Premier League appearances this season.