Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa must ruthlessly sell Helder Costa in this summer’s transfer window amid a recent transfer claim.
Reports in recent weeks have linked the likes of Noni Madueke, Josip Brekalo and Noa Lang with a move to Elland Road this summer, and now, former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted that Costa’s time at the club is up.
And now, speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor has said: “100 per cent. Costa did not do enough to stay at Leeds. Leeds will like to get Harrison, they’ve got Raphinha and one more winger plus they’ve still got Poveda. They definitely need another winger. Costa’s had his chance and he’ll be definitely moved on.”
With reports claiming that Leeds spent around £16m to sign him from fellow Premier League side Wolves, it’d be fair to assume that Bielsa would have expected a lot more from one of the club’s most expensive signings in recent memory.
Now, Transfermarkt value him at just £9m, almost half of what the Whites actually paid the Molineux side to bring him to Yorkshire on a permanent basis.
Costa had a woeful campaign in the Premier League last season for Bielsa’s side, scoring just three times and providing only three assists in 22 games – in fact, in total, he’s found the back of the net only eight times in 69 matches.
And, after a particularly disappointing performance against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Noel Whelan criticised the winger, telling Football Insider: “The one player that disappointed me was Helder Costa. Once again he was poor. There is something there that is not right because Poveda came on and did more in that short time than Costa did in the 60 minutes he was on the field.
“He is fourth in the pecking order in terms of wingers for me. Poveda has to come before him now. He plays it safe and he’s negative. For a player that cost £16m, I need to see a hell of a lot more from him. At least Poveda runs at people. He is positive and that is what a winger should do. Costa has been a massive flop. A real disappointment again.”
With reports already claiming that Leeds would be willing to listen to offers this summer for him, now is the perfect time for the club to cash in on a player who is essentially rinsing Andrea Radrizzani dry.