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Leeds United: Jesse Marsch may lose Raphinha

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Gabby Agbonlahor thinks that Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch may now lose Raphinha after some footage emerged from Thorp Arch.

The Lowdown: Raphinha greets Marsch

After Marsch was confirmed as the successor to Marcelo Bielsa following the Whites’ 4-0 loss at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League over the weekend, Raphinha was spotted warmly embracing him on his first day at Thorp Arch in a video released earlier this week.

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Unfortunately for Marsch, the Brazil international has been strongly linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer, and with them lurking just above the relegation zone, it is hard to envisage him staying.

Agbonlahor certainly doesn’t think that footage is reason to believe the Brazil star will stay, as he dropped some worrying comments for the Elland Road faithful.

The Latest: Agbonlahor reacts

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker, who features regularly as a pundit on talkSPORT, still thinks that Raphinha will go in he summer, even if Marsch is now in charge:

“Raphinha is gone no matter what.

“You could bring in Pep Guardiola and he would still go.

“He is a regular in the Brazil squad now he will want to be playing regularly in the big boy competitions like his Brazil teammates.

“He’s been disrespected by Bielsa recently. Leaving him on the bench, bringing him off at half-time. He’s your best player, you shouldn’t be doing that.

“If I’m Raphinha, I’m 100 per cent looking to leave in the summer.”

The Verdict: Inevitable

Unfortunately for both Marsch and the Peacocks fans, it is inevitable that Raphinha will leave, probably this summer.

A player of his quality will not want to be fighting down the bottom of the top flight, and in a World Cup year, he may want to be performing for a team at a higher level, in order to guarantee his place on the plane to Qatar.

As per WhoScored, Raphinha currently ranks as their best player in the division so far this season, and his total of nine goals is far more than any of his teammates have managed.

He also averages more shots, key passes and dribbles per game than any other LUFC player, and is clearly the standout in the side.

Nonetheless, at 25 years of age, the winger has another big move left in his career, and that could well be taken this summer.

In other news, find out who Marsch has now brought in to work with him here!


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