Raphinha is struggling at Barcelona, and the ex-Leeds winger is facing criticism.
Raphinha is struggling at Barcelona, with the former Leeds United winger under fire for his performance against Bayern Munich.
Barcelona was one of the summer transfer window’s big stories.
Barcelona went on a spending spree despite appearing to have no money and being in violation of Financial Fair Play regulations.
In a busy summer, Barcelona signed Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso, and Raphinha.
The goal of spending so much money was to make it through the Champions League group stage, but that hasn’t happened.
Raphinha is having difficulty in Barcelona.
Inter Milan’s thrashing of Viktoria Plzen meant Barcelona couldn’t even get out of their group before facing Bayern Munich.
Bayern went on to thrash Barcelona, winning 3-0 at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona’s plans to return to the top of the game have already been derailed, and questions are being asked.
Not only is Xavi’s position as manager under threat, but some are questioning whether it was even worth it given the current public perception of Barcelona.
Summer signings have been a mixed bag, and Raphinha is unfortunately one of them.
The winger joined Barcelona in a dream move from Leeds United, with the Whites receiving a fee of £49 million, which was later increased to £55 million.
Raphinha was a standout for Leeds after joining from Rennes in 2020, scoring 17 goals and providing 12 assists in 67 games.
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However, he has had a poor start at Barcelona, with just one goal and one assist in 14 games.
Raphinha did not start against Bayern, although he came on at the hour mark and had little effect.
Raphinha’s performance against Bayern was rated 3/10 by La Vanguardia, implying that Raphinha recognises he has lost the battle to be a key offensive player.
Others, such as Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, and Ferran Torres, look to be more important at Barcelona, and La Vanguardia reports that this position is now weighing on Raphinha.
Raphinha’s struggles will infuriate Leeds supporters, who will be keen for him to turn this scenario around.
However, Premier League teams will be keeping a watch on Raphinha’s position, maybe in the goal of bringing him back to England in 2023.