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Forget Costa: Bielsa must unleash £16.2m-rated Leeds magician at Stamford Bridge – opinion

Following his impressive performance in Leeds’ 1-0 win against Everton last time out, Marcelo Bielsa must consider unleashing Brazilian winger Raphinha in the Whites’ game against Chelsea on Saturday night.

The Yorkshire club travel to Stamford Bridge to face Frank Lampard’s side on Saturday, with the Blues having lost just once in the Premier League so far this season.

However, Bielsa’s side will surely be full of confidence after winning at Goodison Park in their last top-flight fixture, a game in which Raphinha scored the winner with his first goal in a Leeds shirt.

The 24-year-old joined from Rennes during the summer and has made five appearances for the Whites thus far, with only two of those appearances starts.

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Therefore, Bielsa may be tempted to go with the tried-and-tested Helder Costa on the wing for the game against Chelsea but after Raphinha’s impressive performance last time out, which earned him a 7.57 rating, he must be rewarded with another start against Lampard’s side.

Costa started the season well for Leeds, with the Portuguese winger impressive in wins against Fulham and Aston Villa in particular but he has been inconsistent at times and has only one goal contribution in his last seven games.

Bielsa was full of praise for the £16.2 million-rated Raphinha during his pre-match press conference earlier in the week, saying:

“He’s a player with a capacity to unbalance a team individually. Every one of his physical qualities are good. He’s a dynamic player, who’s not difficult for him to go forward and come back or to get in behind and defend. The characteristics of the team coincide with his way of playing.” (per Leeds Live)

Therefore, it seems as if the Argentinian has a lot of faith in the Brazilian’s creativity, and perhaps he can be the man to unlock this Chelsea defence, with Edouard Mendy having kept seven clean sheets in his last nine games for the club.

It will be interesting to see how Bielsa sets his side up for what will undoubtedly be a very tough game for the Whites on Saturday night.

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