Date: 24th December 2020 at 7:25pm
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Phil Hay has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s The Phil Hay Show about all things relating to Leeds United.

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Nice easy one to start off with, what number does Phillips wear for Leeds United?

One of the topics that he spent a bit of time on was Helder Costa, who was dropped from the squad against Newcastle United but returned to the bench for the match against Manchester United but did not feature.

Costa started the season in decent form, having scored one and provided two assists in his first six league games, but since then, he has not directly contributed to a goal and has turned in some poor performances.

So it was probably no real surprise to see him dropped against the Toon, and Hay used a bit of time to discuss his future when asked if he could see the 26-year-old leaving Elland Road.

He said: (43:58) “At £15m if Costa isn’t featuring much and if he isn’t getting involved then there will come a point at which you would have to have a think about that.

(44:30) “So it’s possible, and I think for Costa there’s a bit of a battle to get back involved now especially because Bielsa seems to have such a high opinion of [Ian] Poveda.”

Do you think Costa should be sold?

No, he needs more time

No, he needs more time

Yes, he isn't good enough

Yes, he isn't good enough

TIF Thoughts on Costa’s future…

The 26-year-old, who is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, was signed initially on a season-long loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and he made 46 appearances last season and scored five goals and provided eight assists in all competitions, so maybe not the best return from Costa.

However, Leeds then made his deal permanent in the last transfer window for £15.93m, and he started the season well but has faded since then, and it seems as if Hay thinks that there could come a time when the Whites decide to move him on.

We feel as if it might be a bit early to do that, but we do think that Costa can improve on some of his recent performances, and we hope to see him do that.