An update has emerged regarding the future of Helder Costa at Leeds United.
According to Football Insider, super-agent Jorge Mendes is working on a deal to get the 27-year-old out of Elland Road this summer. Mendes is trying to find a new club for the Portuguese winger and believes that his best bet could come from La Liga.
The report claims that Marcelo Bielsa is willing to let Costa leave, although it remains to be seen how much of the £15m they paid Wolves for his services they will be able to recoup in the coming weeks.
Leeds fans will surely be buzzing with this news as it seems to indicate than exit for Costa is not too far away from happening. Mendes is trying to faciliate a move for the former Wolves attacker and the time is right for him to go following on from his performances in the Premier League last season.
Whilst the likes of Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison were able to make the step up to playing regular top-flight football, Costa found it difficult to compete at the top level. The aforementioned trio all averaged WhoScored ratings of 6.87 or higher, whilst each scored eight goals or more in the league.
Costa, on the other hand, averaged a dismal rating of 6.32 and scored just three times in the Premier League, with two of thise coming in his second appearance of the campaign. This shows that he was not able to perform consistently, either in his general performances or with his goal contributions.
Speaking earlier this year, former Leeds player Noel Whelan branded Costa as a massive flop and said that he has been a disappointment at the club. He told Football Insider: “The one player that disappointed me was Helder Costa.
“He is fourth in the pecking order in terms of wingers for me. Poveda has to come before him now. He is direct, exciting and wants to take people on. He wants to do his job as a winger and Costa does not.
“He plays it safe and he’s negative. For a player that cost £16million I need to see a hell of a lot more from him.
“Costa has been a massive flop. A real disappointment again.”
Therefore, Leeds fans may be glad to see that Costa could be on his way out the door in the coming weeks. The club will be letting go of a player who does not have the quality to be a key member of Bielsa’s team in the Premier League next season, and selling him could free up funds to improve on his position. Victor Orta could rake in the money from the £36,000-per-week flop and use it to sign a forward who is capable of competing with the likes of Harrison and Dallas.