David Norris has urged Leeds to cash in on a winger who he thinks does not work hard enough for the team…
Former Leeds player David Norris has urged Leeds to cash in on Helder Costa this summer. The retired midfielder believes that it is time for the Portuguese winger to depart as he does not work “hard enough” to play in Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the Premier League.
“I think if they can get £9million back on him, it’s the right time.
“It hasn’t worked out for him. Sometimes I don’t think his body language has helped and I’m not sure he works hard enough. I don’t know if he fully suits the way they play.
“If they can get a good few million for him, I think the time is right for him to go.”
Bielsa must ruthlessly axe Costa from the squad this summer in order to improve the depth in his squad ahead of next season. The forward did not show enough during the 2020/21 campaign to suggest that he will be a key player for the club and the Argentine coach must allow him to leave and replace him with a player who has the quality to produce consistently in the top-flight.
Costa started the season on fire for Leeds, with two goals and two assists in the opening six matches following the club’s promotion from the Championship.
He followed that up with just one goal and one assist in the subsequent 17 appearances in all competitions, finishing the season with a dismal WhoScored rating of 6.32. This suggests that the 27-year-old was unable to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football following the initial burst of success, riding the crest of a wave after their title success.
In terms of Norris’ comments about his work rate, Costa ranked 10th in the squad for tackles per game (1.1) and 18th for interceptions per game (0.1). He was also one of only three outfield players who started five or more games without making a single block all season. This suggests that he is not putting in the requisite work defensively to win the ball back and lead the press for Bielsa, which is another reason why moving him on could be a smart decision.
It is time for Costa to depart from Elland Road. He has not provided enough in the final third to show that he is a Premier League standard attacker and his defensive numbers are disappointing for a player being deployed in Bielsa’s hard-working system.
Hopefully, Leeds will be able to recoup a respectable fee for his services and reinvest it back into the squad with a new addition.