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Leeds United: Gabby Agbonlahor says Raphinha is ‘losing his head’

Leeds United: Gabby Agbonlahor says Raphinha is ‘losing his head’ -Leeds United News

TalkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed that Leeds United winger Raphinha will ‘100%’ have his head turned already but trusts him to battle for Premier League survival at Elland Road.

The Lowdown: Interest from Barcelona

The Brazilian still has two years remaining on his current contract with the Whites, but has been the subject of lots of speculation in recent weeks, with his future at Elland Road up the air, consistently linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

Jesse Marsch’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal last weekend, a scoreline that has now seen them fall into the drop zone following fellow relegation-battling Everton’s 2-1 victory against Leicester City.

The fixtures aren’t going to get any easier for Leeds as they are set to take on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on Wednesday night, and if they do end up making a return to the Championship next season, the club have got to accept that they will be vulnerable to losing some of their star players.

The Latest: Raphinha’s losing it?

Luke Ayling was sent off for a frankly unprofessional lapse of common sense against the Gunners before Raphinha was booked for his complaints in the aftermath.

And Agbonlahor believes Ayling isn’t the only one losing his cool, as he told Football Insider ahead of Wednesday’s match.

“Raphinha looks like he is losing his head a little bit in games. I think his head has definitely been turned and 100 per cent in his mind he knows he’s leaving.

“But he will want to do his best for Leeds in the Premier League although you can definitely tell his head has been turned.

“It’s looking like a risky situation for Leeds and there’s every chance they go down themselves.”

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The Verdict: Pivotal player

If the seven-cap international is to depart Yorkshire this summer, it would come as a huge blow to the American boss considering he’s been such a pivotal player for the club since arriving in a £17m move from Rennes in 2020.

During his two-year spell with Leeds, Raphinha has scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists in just 64 appearances across all competitions, as per Transfermarkt, and he is currently the club’s best-rated player to have started at least one game.

If the Whites were to get relegated at the end of May, there’s no doubt that decisions would have to be made surrounding the long-term futures of players at the club, and whilst the hierarchy will surely want to keep their key man, it might be a difficult job trying to deny him the opportunity to go and join the Catalans.

In other news… a journalist has delivered his verdict on the future of one Leeds superstar.

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