With Helder Costa continuing to disappoint week-in and week-out at Leeds, Andrea Radrizzani must take matters into his own hands this summer and look to sell the winger.
Costa has endured a nightmare campaign in the Premier League this season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, scoring just twice and providing only three assists in 22 games in the competition.
That has led to former Leeds players like Noel Whelan to simply brandish him a “massive flop“, and it’s hard to argue against that.
Given that in recent weeks Raphinha has been out injured, Costa has had the perfect opportunity to stamp his authority games and prove to Bielsa that he’s someone who the manager can rely upon.
Instead, he’s been his usual disappointing self, and the last couple of games in the Premier League against Liverpool and Manchester United have even seen Bielsa turn to Ian Poveda from off the bench.
And in a response to a fan question from his Q&A for the Manchester United game, The Athletic’s Phil Hay said: “Poveda consistently makes a good impact off the bench – but I’m still not sure if he looks ready to be starting. He’s very good at unsettling defences with his pace and his direct running later in a game – unbalancing defences, as Bielsa would say – and I suspect we’ll see Costa start again.
“I still think the jury is very much out on Costa though. Roberts has had a stronger second half of the season. Costa still needs to shine consistently.”
The report added that the Whites do not expect to make back the £15m they paid to sign him, and usually that might see clubs trying to haggle in negotiations to get the best deal possible.
In Costa’s case, Radrizzani might be wise not to push things too much and risk a potential deal falling apart and leaving the Portuguese ace stuck at Elland Road next season.
Getting some sort of fee for him this summer that can then be reinvested in the playing squad would be the smart call to make from Radrizzani.