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Leeds must axe Helder Costa immediately

Leeds haven’t been too embarrassed over the last year or so but on Sunday evening, they were demolished at the hands of League Two opposition.

Marcelo Bielsa got things wrong and he shouldn’t be afraid to admit that.

On the chalkboard

Heading into Sunday’s encounter it had Leeds win written all over it. Bielsa fielded his £30m signing in Rodrigo, while the experienced heads of Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Kalvin Phillips and Kiko Casilla all started.

Yet, after suffering a 3-0 defeat to Crawley Town, none of them covered themselves in glory. A bizarre trio of substitutes at half-time arguably cost them the tie as three inexperienced men all entered the fray.

Should Leeds sell Helder Costa?

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However, it was the likes of Phillips and Casilla who cost them the most with dire individual mistakes.

The brunt of the blame cannot be directed entirely at the defence, though, because Costa was also pretty shambolic going forward.

What happened?

Costa spent last season on loan at Leeds but after scoring just five Championship goals, hardly set the world alight. Unfortunately, they were tied down by an obligation to buy the player for £15m.

Truth be told, he has not been worth that and when you consider his yearly salary, it takes the amount paid to around £18m.

He has cost the club £3m per goal and his performance against Crawley typified why the club should think about axing him already.

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It was a display that should have left Bielsa raging because Costa’s quality in the final third was extremely poor.

The winger failed to find a teammate with any of the four crosses he attempted, while he also missed two big opportunities to find the back of the net. It’s no surprise that Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross said he offered “nothing” in his player ratings.

On top of that, the Portuguese lost possession of the ball 15 times and made just a solitary key pass. Against considerably weaker opposition, Costa should have been a shining light.

Instead, he somehow managed to make himself look out of his depth.

The 26-year-old has been bleeding the club dry for nearly two seasons now and has become a mere passenger in Bielsa’s team. He is not good enough.

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