Leeds are back in business and in some style too. Amid the negative news surrounding Kiko Casilla’s ban for racism, they failed to take their foot off the peddle and swept Hull City aside in brutal fashion.
A first-half strike from Luke Ayling saw the visitors head into the second half just a goal to the good. However, they came alive in a devastating display of counter-attacking football, adding three more goals in the second 45 minutes.
The Whites have become famed for missing chances this season and heading into the weekend they should have scored 14 more goals according to Experimental 361’s xG table.
This result, though, will have done Marcelo Bielsa’s men the world of good. Pablo Hernandez was also on the scoresheet while there was a brace for the injury-stricken Tyler Roberts.
However, despite the obvious praise that surrounded some players, there was criticism for another – Helder Costa.
The winger did claim an assist during the game but before that happened, he was ripped into by certain supporters who thought he’d gone missing and was anonymous.
Has anyone seen Helder Costa, he’s been missing#lufc
— London.leeds (@london_leeds) February 29, 2020
Pleased we’re in front but on the whole that was pretty poor wasn’t it? Bamford & costa anonymous, Philips still looks unfit #lufc
— David Wood (@mrdavidnwood) February 29, 2020
After arriving on an initial loan deal from Wolves, the wide man has scored just three times in the Championship. His assist for Hernandez’s goal on Saturday, meanwhile, was only his second of the campaign.
Fears over his general ability are understandable as one fan claimed he just didn’t look dangerous throughout the clash with Hull. Two fans were quick to recognise the quality he possesses but they still weren’t pleased with his general output.
Considering the Portuguese will arrive on a permanent deal in the summer they’ll be hoping he improves his output of five goal contributions in 2019/20. Further sentiments suggested he was the worst player in their squad.
Helder Costa just doesn’t look dangerous. He’s involved more today, but only seems to be breaking moves down – the defenders should be terrified when he gets the ball, but he’s shown them no reason to be.#lufc
— Barry Vallely (@BarryBadKnees) February 29, 2020
Costa is so inconsistent. He definitely has the quality and every now and again it shines through. But, he doesn’t show it nearly enough. His name and reputation have kept him from criticism, but he’s often one of our worst performers. #lufc
— TheYoungPeacock (@young_peacock) February 29, 2020
Genuine question. Is Helder Costa the worst player in the starting eleven? I think he is.
— JFisk (@JFiskPE) February 29, 2020
Another supporter described Costa as ineffective while similarly, one fan added that he simply doesn’t do enough.
Besides the assist, the 26-year-old was relatively poor on Saturday lunchtime. He failed to score from four shots while he also completed just one dribble and was dispossessed twice.
Costa looked keen to make things happen but it didn’t always pay off for him.
Costa doesn’t do enough for me doesn’t work #LUFC
— Jack Westmoreland (@SirJackWest) February 29, 2020
Helder Costa really is ineffective.
— Pranay (@npranay180) February 29, 2020
Helder Costa plays like he’s wearing Lonsdales
— Matty (@MFarrar01) February 29, 2020
Always too laid back. Halfhearted at everything. Doesn’t read the game and petty fouls constantly
— Duncan Brown (@DuncanBrown8) February 29, 2020
Consequently, one supporter wanted to see Jordan Stevens or Ian Poveda given a shot ahead of him. The latter has yet to play a single first-team minute for Leeds after arriving on a permanent transfer from Manchester City in January.
Stevens, meanwhile, has been favoured on the bench.
— Matthew Knowles (@knowlesm) February 29, 2020
One final supporter took issue with the £15m Leeds will have to spend on the attacker next summer. Leeds initially brought the player in for a temporary stay but as part of the deal, agreed an obligation to buy him permanently.
Based on his performances so far this term, claims that he’s a waste of money are certainly fair.
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) February 29, 2020