Many Leeds fans were over the moon with the signing of Helder Costa last summer, but it is fair to say that for some he hasn’t lived up to expectations.
The Portuguese winger was a key player in Wolves’ 2017/18 promotion campaign and performed well for them in the Championship with 15 goals and 14 assists, but so far for Leeds, he has managed just eight goal contributions.
In his defence, he struggled for starts at the beginning of the season but he still has some work to do to convince the fanbase that he has been a good signing, and is worth the £15m outlay that the Whites are obliged to pay at the end of the season.
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The question of whether the club should pay it, or rather, whether he is worth it, has sparked a debate amongst supporters, with several suggesting he has yet to prove that he is.
We have no choice, but in my honest opinion hes not worth it, but harrison for £8m, now that's what i call a bargain, and jack is way more consistent!!! #MOT
— King Pablo 👌🏼💙 #MOT (@PabloH1919) January 20, 2020
Contractually obliged to and actually paying are different though .. he has some time to prove his worth .. so frustrating at times though
— g@lufc (@tomgillespieca) January 19, 2020
Personally I wouldn’t but understand we have no choice. He’s too inconsistent for me and drifts in and out of games. Not what we hoped for when signing him, but there’s 18 cup finals to turn this around.
— Ilgigantebuono (@ilgigantebuono) January 19, 2020
Their stance is understandable given he would be the most expensive player currently at the club.
One fan’s example of Jack Harrison being more consistent with 11 goal contributions yet may cost less is particularly intriguing and indicates that Costa has some improvement to do.
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Some of the Leeds faithful have come to his defence and admire his quality even if he has shown it too sparingly, and perhaps if Marcelo Bielsa can boost his confidence the 24-year-old will begin to aid his team with greater regularity.
Yes we should. He’s got undoubted quality and on his day would be the best player in this team, hand down. We don’t have another player that can carry the ball at the pace he can.
A lot of it is to do with confidence IMO
— ⚽️ (@LeedsUnited2019) January 19, 2020
Yes we should as we’re obliged to. Also footballers tend to play at their best when they have perceived better players around them. Get the gaps filled in the squad with quality and I’m pretty confident that we’ll see the Costa we know is hiding away at the moment.
— Rich Gibson (@GibricMOT) January 19, 2020
I don’t get the hate for costa..thought he looked our most dangerous player..offensive wise it comes across they have no faith in there striker and sometimes opt to go backwards…3/4 games ago people were banging on about how good costa is!
— thomas banks (@ThomasBanks1985) January 19, 2020
Others feel it is best to wait before delivering a final verdict on the player, with one supporter suggesting the division Leeds are playing in next year could influence whether or not Costa is a good signing.
I think he will be better in his second season
— LUFC (@LUFC444) January 19, 2020
If we go up, £15m is peanuts. If we don’t go up, it’s a lot of money
— David Stuart (@whiterosedave) January 19, 2020
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