Leeds must make a ruthless call on Helder Costa in this summer’s transfer window.
The 27-year-old has really struggled to make an impact at Premier League level this season, playing fewer than 1,000 minutes of top-flight football and only managing two goals in the division.
Football Insider have now claimed that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are willing to listen to offers for the winger this summer, and that the club’s hierarchy view him as someone who could be sold to raise funds for new signings.
The report added that the Whites do not expect to recoup the £15m they paid to sign him.
Responding to a question in The Athletic‘s post-match Q&A after the Premier League clash against West Ham earlier this month, Phil Hay said: “You get the feeling that if changes are coming in the summer, those two (Costa and Tyler Roberts) will be at risk. The consistent impact isn’t there.”
Costa has come under intense criticism for his below-par performances, not least from former Leeds man Noel Whelan, who ripped into his display against Aston Villa.
Whelan said: “Costa was given his opportunity and once again he did not take it. We are talking about a £16m player here who did not effect the game in any way shape or form. He needs to show consistency. You need to make that position your own when your manager puts his trust in you from the start.
“I saw absolutely nothing from him against Aston Villa. Nothing suggested to me that he has given Marcelo Bielsa a headache with that performance.”
While “absolutely nothing” may seem like a strong stance to take, it’s a fairly accurate statement to make. As well as only scoring two league goals in 19 games, Costa actually ranks as the worst player in the entire Leeds squad to have started at least ten games this season.
Victor Orta must simply get rid of the £70,000-a-week earning Costa this summer, even if it means not getting their money back on the winger.