Leeds United

Noel Whelan has claimed Raphinha has already doubled in value since joining Leeds United six months ago. 

The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has heralded the 24-year-old’s “incredible” impact following his move from Rennes.

As reported by the BBC last summer, the Brazilian winger cost Leeds £17million plus add-ons in what was a near-£100million recruitment drive in West Yorkshire.

He netted his fourth goal of the season in the Whites’ midweek defeat to Everton, while he also has four assists under his belt.

Whelan believes the summer signing is exactly the sort of player Marcelo Bielsa wants in his squad and suggested he would be worth at least £34million were a club to try and buy him.

“He’s incredible, he really is – I mean we weren’t sure what we were getting when we bought him, we’d seen clips on YouTube etcetera but didn’t know a great deal about him,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

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“At £17million, I think you can probably double that now with the way he’s come in and made an impact on the team and the way he’s going about his business.

“He’s bought into everything that Marcelo Bielsa wants in a player, which is not just that flair on the field but that hard work and ethic that he brings as well, with the amount of trackbacks we’ve seen.” 

Raphinha has played a total of 17 times for Leeds so far, with all but one of his appearances having come in the Premier League.

He has the likes of Jack Harrison, Helder Costa, Ian Poveda and Pablo Hernandez for competition out on the wings.

In other news, a soaring wage bill will not stop Leeds United from making blockbuster signings this summer.