Mon 07 February 2022 | 14:06

Liverpool, Man City, and Chelsea should consider Raphinha - Woodgate

The Reds, Man City and the Blues should eye Leeds United’s Raphinha, according to Woodgate.

Leeds United

will do their best to retain the services of winger


, as he is able to perform "right at the top", based on what ex-defender

Jonathan Woodgate


The Brazilian had been attracting the attention of

West Ham

last month but he stayed at Elland Road, where Leeds are struggling to survive.

This season, just three players in the

Premier League

have netted more goals than the Brazilian international, who scored eight goals. He contributed two assists as well.

The 25-year-old is impressing at the international level, too, with three strikes and two assists in the qualifiers of the World Cup.

In South America, among those who have been in the starting XI five or more times, just Neymar (67.5) is averaging fewer minutes per non-penalty goal or assist than Raphinha (84.6).

Woodgate believes that more top clubs will ask for his services when the season ends.

"[He could play] right at the top. He could play for Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea – not a problem,"

Woodgate told Stats Perform.

"He is outstanding


"What a signing he's been. They've done a great job on the recruitment side of it to get Raphinha in, and you can see how quick he is, how much he works, but he brings assists and goals with that work rate.

"If you look at wingers, the first thing I look at is how many does he score and how many does he assist, and the bonus is he absolutely works so hard for that team.

"That could be a struggle to keep hold of them if a massive bid comes in for him, which I expect in the summer.

"He was getting linked with different clubs this [January] transfer window, but if a top team comes in for him, it'll be hard to keep him."

West Ham were also eyeing Kalvin Phillips, and Woodgate believes there are similar problems with his future.

"Again, he could play right at the top,"

he said.

"You saw it in at the Euros, but then you look at how much he's developed under Marcelo Bielsa.

"It's flabbergasting to see the improvement in that player since Bielsa came in. It's extraordinary. He's worked so hard on his game.

"It takes buy-in from the player as well, so you've got to congratulate Kalvin Phillips on what he's done, but the work Bielsa has done with him, he's turned him into an outstanding holding midfielder.

"He's getting in the England squad, getting to the final of the Euros playing week in, week out for Leeds. Again, they need to try and keep him.

"How would you keep players? By buying other top players into your club to supplement that and see if you can climb up the league. A bit like we did when I was at Leeds, we kept on buying top players to get to that next level."

source: SportMob

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