Leeds United winger Helder Costa is struggling to get game time, and journalist Graham Smyth has given his views on what the future holds for the player.
The latest on Helder Costa
Smyth was asked about the winger in a Q&A session with Yorkshire Evening Post, saying: “As for Helder Costa, he can’t be entirely satisfied. He made a big move to Leeds, for big money, with a lot of hype. He did okay last season but he hasn’t exactly sparkled and now Raphinha has taken his spot. How he responds to that will likely determine how his time at Leeds goes from here on in.”
The winger has to prove himself
This season Costa has not shown his quality as the 26 year-old has only scored twice in eleven appearances and only managed, on average, 0.8 shots and 0.6 key passes a game (WhoScored), so his form is definitely a concern.
However, former manager Nuno Espirito Santo highly praised Costa in the past, saying: “The first season we were in the Premier League, Helder was immense and had a huge impact on the team.
“He’s a very talented player, but things happen naturally, players move from here to another place. It happens in football. Honestly, I’m delighted he’s showing his quality and enjoying his football.”
The player will surely know that he has to show that kind of “immense” form once more if he is to force his way back into Marcelo Bielsa’s plans. Whether or not he is capable of knocking Raphinha out of the side remains to be seen, but some fight and perhaps even end product from his substitute appearances would go a long way.
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