Leeds United journalist Beren Cross has been sharing his thoughts on Whites winger Helder Costa and his future at the Yorkshire club.
This comes after Cross made an appearance on a recent episode of The Blue White and Yellow Podcast, where he spoke about a range of subjects concerning Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
After it was recently reported by The Athletic that some La Liga clubs are monitoring the winger, Cross had this to say about Costa, his current situation and his future at Elland Road.
He said: “I think we can all agree he’s not quite worked out the way we wanted him to for that kind of money; he has moved for a lot of money whilst they’re still in the Championship. There were flashes in that first season.
“We’ll see, he’s in pre-season, he’s at Thorp Arch, he’s in West Yorkshire, it’s not like he’s sat in a departure lounge waiting for anything to happen, but we know it’s still a pretty long window, still got five weeks of the window left, it does stretch on well into the season, so things can change and do change quite quickly as we saw with Raphinha – and if somebody like a Noa Lang suddenly becomes available late on in the window, then who knows how quickly Costa could be moved on.”
Leeds originally signed Costa on a loan deal from fellow Premier League side Wolves back in the 2019 summer transfer window before securing him on a permanent deal a year later for a fee of £15.93 million.
Overall, the 27-year-old, who is currently valued at £9 million, has made 69 appearances for Leeds across all competitions in which he has managed to score eight goals and provide 11 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Beren Cross’ comments on Costa…
Given how Costa only managed to earn himself a rather uninspiring overall season rating of 6.32/10 for his performances in the Premier League last season, making him the lowest-rated Leeds player to have started more than three league games according to WhoScored, it’s understandable why the winger’s future at Elland Road has been brought into question.
Do you think Leeds should sell Costa this summer?
In our view, if Costa does remain at the club this summer and doesn’t improve on what he showed on the pitch last season, then the club should definitely consider letting him go and bringing in a better-quality replacement.
However, taking into account how Costa was not involved in any of Leeds’ final five games of last season, this could be a sign that he isn’t likely to be a regular figure in the team moving forward.