6 dribbles, 82 touches: 24-year-old Leeds United talent put on a man of the match display vs Sheffield United

Brian Heffernan April 4, 2021
6 dribbles, 82 touches: 24-year-old Leeds United talent put on a man of the match display vs Sheffield United
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Leeds United’s talented winger Raphinha played amazingly against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side continued their good run of form when beating Sheffield United 2-1 on Saturday.

Leeds are now unbeaten in their last three league matches, with a win over Fulham and a draw against Chelsea in the Peacocks’ previous fixtures.

One of the standout performers against the Blades was the White’s Brazilian winger Raphinha.

Raphinha and Jack Harrison team up to put Leeds ahead

Bielsa’s side needed only 12 minutes to get the opening goal against Sheffield United.

Raphinha assisted Harrison for his seventh league goal of the season.

Ben Osborn got one back for the Blades just before half-time, but they didn’t hold on for long.

In the end, it was Phil Jagielka who put the ball into his own net, costing his side at least a point and gifting Leeds all three.

The Blades have now lost four matches in a row and are almost certainly going to be relegated this season.

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Raphinha vs Sheffield United

Raphinha finished the match on an 8.2 out of 10 Whoscored rating, which was good enough to be named Whoscored’s man of the match against the Blades.

The Brazilian completed more dribbles than any other player – getting six in total.

Raphinha also had the third-most touches, with 82 touches in the match.

Luke Ayling was the most active player with the Englishman having 92 touches in total.

Raphinha also got the assist for Harrison’s early goal that put the Whites 1-0 up in 12 minutes.

The winger now has six goals and six assists in 25 Premier League matches – which is the joint-most assists in the Leeds squad.

Patrick Bamford also has six assists but the Englishman dominates when it comes to goals, getting 14 to his name so far this season.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.