Former Barcelona striker Adama Traore could be a decent option to replace Leeds United winger Raphinha, who is expected to leave Elland Road this summer. That’s according to former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, who claims the Spaniard can be a handful for opposition defenders.
It goes without saying that many clubs are keen to lure Raphinha from Leeds this summer. Barcelona, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be watching the Brazilian closely. Campbell has no doubt that Traore has what it takes to shine at Elland Road.
“Without a shadow of a doubt,” the Englishman told Football Insider when asked if Traore could fill the void the Brazilian’s potential departure would leave in the team. “Traore scares defences. When he’s in good form, he’s devastating. He can cause problems for any defender. He’s very difficult to deal with.”
Raphinha has become a major asset in the transfer market following his exploits with Leeds last season, playing an important role in ensuring the Peacocks avoid relegation. Campbell are confident the Premier League outfit won’t be able to keep the striker beyond the summer.
“Raphinha has been excellent for Leeds. It was always going to be difficult to keep it even if they remained standing,” he continued.
“Teams watch how players react when things don’t go their way. Raphinha stepped up for Leeds last season. The biggest teams want a player like him because they know he can handle the pressure. This is a very important window for Leeds. I don’t see Raphinha being there beyond the transfer deadline,” added the Englishman.
How did Raphinha and Adama Traoré behave last season?
Raphinha was one of Leeds’ top performers last season, putting on a string of eye-catching displays. He finished the campaign with eight goals and ten assists in 37 appearances in all competitions.
Traore, meanwhile, played 17 games for Barcelona while on loan, registering one goal and four assists. It remains to be seen what the future holds for the two forwards.