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Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa ready to use Helder Costa more often

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa ready to use Helder Costa more often

Leeds United will be seeing more of Helder Costa once the Championship season returns to action, according to a report by Football Insider.

It is claimed Marcelo Bielsa is ready to utilise the Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee more often once the international break is over as he feels the 25-year-old will offer them a new dimension to their attack.

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The Argentine is thought to be convinced the winger’s pace, trickery and directness will be effective against some of the tougher defences in the league and will help the Whites to break them down.

Costa is thought to have been held back by Bielsa because of concerns regarding his fitness, after missing Leeds’ pre-season tour of Australia.

However, it appears as though the Argentine is about to take the shackles off of the player, who joined on loan from Wolves during the summer.

Indeed, there is every chance he could add a further dimension to the Whites’ attack as he has proven to be rather successful in England’s second tier in the past.

Whilst playing for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side prior to their own promotion to the Premier League, Costa managed to make 36 appearances, scoring five goals and providing a further six assists to his team-mates (Transfermarkt).

According to data collected by WhoScored that season, the 25-year-old managed to average 1.2 shots at goal, one key pass and complete 1.9 dribbles per game as he looked to become a problem for opposition defences.

Bielsa has only used him sparingly at the moment, with just six substitute appearances in the Championship so far (and two starts in the League Cup), however, there are already signs that he has the potential to replicate those figures he achieved with Wolves a couple of years ago.

In just 91 minutes of action, Costa has managed 0.3 shots per game, 0.5 key passes and has completed 0.8 dribbles to date (WhoScored).

There will, likely, be a degree of excitement around Elland Road at the prospect of seeing Costa being given more of a prominent role in Bielsa’s side after the international break and it is one that could provide Leeds with dividends.

The one-cap one-goal Portugal international has proven in the past that he is more than capable of being an effective attacking option in the Championship and has already shown some encouraging signs in the limited opportunities he has had.

Leeds fans, do you think Costa will be a hit in the side once Bielsa gives him more minutes? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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