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Rodrigo Moreno to Raphinha: Report Card of New Leeds Signings

After being crowned the Championship winners in the 2019-20 season and attaining promotion to the top-flight after 16 long years, Leeds United went on a flurry of signings which included the likes of Spanish striker Rodrigo Moreno and Brazilan winger Raphinha on the deadline day.

Despite the financial insecurity surrounding most clubs due to COVID-19, Leeds United went over and beyond and splashed out a net spend of 96.1 Million pounds. They were the second-biggest spenders in the Premier League when it came to net spend and broke the bank especially on Rodrigo Moreno who became the club’s record signing till date.

There weren’t many who left the club and that was the key to retain the identity of the club which played some brilliant football in the Championship. They looked to enhance the quality of the squad by bringing in big names to the squad and let’s analyse how these players have fared so far in the whites of Leeds United.

RODRIGO MORENO (Forward)

Club record signing, Rodrigo Moreno was signed from La Liga team Valencia in the summer. He was brought in to provide the added bit of creativity in the final third and finish off the numerous chances they create. He had a setback in the middle of the season after testing positive for COVID-19. He had to almost restart his season after the virus and has only managed to play two full matches. In his first 10 Premier League appearances, he has found the net once and the best of Rodrigo is yet to be seen.

RAPHINHA (Winger)

The Brazilan winger was signed from French team Stade Rennais on deadline day in the summer. After getting used to the requirements of Marcelo Bielsa’s winger, Raphinha seems to have acclimatized to his new club and we’re seeing the best of him now. His winner against Everton ensured that Leeds won its first game at Goodison Park in the Premier League era. He has started to feature regularly now in the starting XI and looks sharp on and off the ball.

Robin Koch (Defender)

German defender Robin Koch was one of Marcelo Bielsa’s first names on the team sheet for the majority of the season before suffering a knee injury against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month. He played all the minutes in the first eleven matches for the Whites and now has become a regular member of the German national team as well. He has undergone a successful knee surgery and will be ruled out till Spring 2021. It’s a major loss for the Whites as Koch had been incredible in his debut season in the eleven matches he featured in.

Diego Llorente (Defender)

Summer signing from Real Sociedad, Diego Llorente hasn’t had a proper start as a Leeds player so far as he has had a stroke of wretched luck with injuries. He has just featured in one match against Chelsea replacing the injured Robin Koch midway through the match. He suffered yet another injury after the match and has been ruled out for the next few matches. Leeds are missing his progressive passing from the back and need him to be fit very soon.

JOE GELHARDT (Forward) The 18-year-old English forward Joe Gellhardt was signed from Wigan Athletic in the summer. He hasn’t featured so far for the senior team but has been putting in the hard yards for the Under-23s in Premier League 2. He has scored four times in eight matches in that division and is one for the future surely.

 

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