Marcelo Bielsa has always been very open with what he wants at Leeds United, and back in January ahead of an FA Cup clash with QPR he claimed that he needed a winger, via The YEP. The Argentine didn’t get a winger that window, but he could get one this summer as The Daily Mail report Leeds are after Wolves’ Helder Costa on loan.
Back in that aforementioned January transfer window the Whites very narrowly missed out on Daniel James (BBC), the Swansea winger who’s now been snapped up by Manchester United, so now it’s about who else the Argentine has lined up, and it seems Wolves’ talented Portuguese star is linked.
Helder Costa, whilst failing to take the Premier League by storm last season with just one goal and two assists, has previously shown how good he can be in the second tier as his stats from the 2017/18 season speak for themselves.
Using WhoScored’s player comparison tool, it’s clear to see that Costa is a better option for Championship football than both Jack Clarke and Jack Harrison, the two Leeds wide men from the last 12 months. Costa outscored and recorded more assists than the Whites’ duo whilst also managing more dribbles per game and averaging one key pass per 90 minutes.
It will come as no surprise that those who have turned out alongside Costa gave been mesmerised by his talents and former Wolves midfielder David Edwards waxed lyrical about him back in March 2017, via The Express and Star. Back then the Molineux side were fighting against relegation but Costa’s form helped them to survive before again firing as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side won promotion the next season, winning the club’s Player of the Year award in 2016/17.
Whoever comes in at Elland Road to bolster their wide options will have a big job to do as Clarke nears his move to Tottenham move, that could go through any day now after he completed a medical, via The Evening Standard, but Costa has the Championship experience and pedigree to fire.
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