As Leeds United star Raphinha continues doing well in his first appearances for Brazil, he’s obviously picking up compliments for his performances with the national team.

The winger had to wait a longer than he’ll have wanted to play for his country, as after his first call up last month, he and other Premier League players were blocked from travelling to South America.

Now when making his debut on Thursday, he was crucial in Brazil’s 3-1 win over Venezuela, as he was brought on in the second half, made two assists and created the play which resulted in a penalty.

Raphinha was used once again on Sunday night, in a 0-0 draw against Colombia. And despite the score, his performance was once again praised, along with Antony’s.

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, who captained Brazil, talked about the importance the duo have been gaining in those recent appearances. He claims newcomers don’t usually play that well in their first games.

“If we had managed to win, we would be talking more about them,” said Thiago Silva (via UOL). “The boys showed quality, in these more than ten years with the Brazilian national team I’ve hardly seen this level of performance.”

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“It’s really cool to see Raphinha and Antony showing personality. In terms of chemistry, they’re lacking a little, but the individual play is at a high level. That’s what the man [manager Tite] wants, what the man asks for.”

Brazil now play Uruguay on Thursday, and it wouldn’t really be a surprise if Raphinha soon wins a starting spot. However, with little time to return to England and train for Leeds United, the winger is now unlikely to play for the Whites against Southampton on Saturday.