Former Leeds United full-back Danny Mills has said that he would be ‘very surprised’ if Helder Costa played for the club again.
The 27-year-old secured a season-long loan move to La Liga outfit Valencia on the final day of the transfer window. The agreement contains an option, rather than an obligation, to buy come the end of the season.
In total, he has contributed seven goals and seven assists across 65 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side between the Championship and the Premier League (via WhoScored).
Mills believes that the loan move to Valencia suits both parties,and fully expects Costa to move on permanently come next summer.
The 44-year-old told Football Insider: “He’s done OK but you can’t look at it and say it has been a hugely successful time for him at Leeds United.
“On the basis of that, it works out for both. The club needed to move him on and he needed a new challenge. That’s what has happened.
“I would be very surprised, especially with the arrival of Dan James, if he was to come back and feature again for Leeds.”
It’s probably fair to say that Costa’s move to Leeds hasn’t exactly worked out how either party would have wanted.
With Ian Poveda loaned to Blackburn, it’s clear that Marcelo Bielsa was anything but happy with his reserve options out wide. As Mills has said, James’ big-money arrival could well be the death knell for Costa’s future at Elland Road.
In other news, David Norris says Leeds have pulled off a ‘huge’ feat.
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