Leeds United loanee Helder Costa is set to return to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to a report by Spanish publication Marca (via Sport Witness), who claim that Valencia look extremely unlikely to activate the winger’s €20m (£16.5m) option to buy clause written into his temporary contract with the LaLiga side.
The report goes on to state that, despite the Leeds forward having started to impress after a slow start to life in Spain, Bryan Gil’s January arrival has pushed the 28-year-old down Jose Bordalas’ pecking order at the Mestalla – something which Marca claim means the Angola international’s return to the Premier League side is all but certain at the end of the current campaign.
Considering just how poor Costa was for Leeds last season, in addition to the winger failing to make any mark during his opportunity to impress away from Elland Road, it is abundantly clear that the £16m signing is a player who Victor Orta simply must move onto pastures new this summer.
Indeed, over his 22 Premier League appearances last term, the £7.2m-rated forward scored three goals, registered three assists and missed three big chances, as well as taking an average of just 0.7 shots and making a mere 0.4 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £70k-per-week attacker who Noel Whelan dubbed a “massive flop” and a “negative” player average an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.46, ranking him as the Whites’ second-worst player in the top flight of English football.
Things have not exactly improved for Costa over his 20 LaLiga outings for Valencia this season, with the Angolan scoring no goals, providing one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, with these metrics seeing the 28-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of just 6.50 – ranking him as Los Murcielagos’ joint fourth-worst player in the division.
As such, it is clear for all to see that the winger who Whelan also labelled a “real disappointment” is simply not cut out for top-flight football, something that is more than enough reason for Orta to axe Costa this summer.