Helder Costa will leave Leeds United if they sign Adama Traore from Wolves this summer, according to former England striker Kevin Phillips.
The Lowdown: Costa struggles for playing time
The Whites enjoyed a triumphant return to the Premier League last season, finithing ninth in the table and playing some eye-catching football.
Numerous players had key roles for Leeds throughout the campaign, but Costa was more of a peripheral figure, starting just 13 league games.
The Latest: Winger tipped to leave
“The way it’s looking at the moment, it would, unfortunately, probably be him.
“It would be quite ironic that he was at Wolves and it might well be another Wolves player coming in for him as well.
“It’s amazing how football works out like that sometimes, isn’t it?”
The Verdict: Time for a fresh challenge
Costa is a player who boasts plenty of quality – he has been described as ‘very talented’ by former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and still ended the league season with six goal involvements despite rarely starting – but now is the right time for him to move on.
That’s regardless of whether or not Leeds sign Traore, with the 27-year-old not an essential part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans.
Given Costa’s aforementioned contract situation, Leeds should be able to receive a hefty fee for him too, with that money possibly being spent on new signings.
In other news, one Leeds player has been receiving some harsh criticism from a Premier League legend – find out who it is here.
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