'What A Bargain' - Exclusive: Top pundit blown away by Leeds 2020 signing
Alex McLeish has hailed the £17million Leeds United paid for winger Raphinha as a brilliant “bargain”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Scotland manager delivered his verdict after the Brazilian netted his second goal for the Whites.
The 24-year-old scored Leeds’ fifth goal in their 5-0 win over strugglers West Brom as they ran “rampant” at the Hawthorns.
Raphinha moved to the Yorkshire giants from French side Rennes for a reported £17million fee plus add-ons on deadline day in October.
He has now started Leeds’ last eight Premier League games and grabbed his second goal for the club with a long-range strike in the 72nd minute against the Baggies.
“It was a glorious finish and Leeds United were rampant,” McLeish told Football Insider.
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“Every single player looked like when they got within distance of West Brom’s box they were going to score.
“£17million – what a bargain that is!
“Back in my day you could leave for a couple of hundred thousand so saying £17million is a bargain, it’s a lot of bloody money, but it’s the market.
“When you look at a lot of English players they’re much higher categorised in terms of transfers.”
Raphinha opened up to ESPN Brazil, as reported by Goal, in December about how he felt “devalued” by Rennes when they accepted Leeds’ bid.
He said: “They [Rennes] told me that they would not want to sell me for less than €60m (£55m/$73m). Knowing that the club accepted the offer, no more and no less, without telling me, I felt devalued.”