Leeds United picked up a great result against Newcastle United on Wednesday night as they won 5-2, and Noel Whelan has weighed in on why Helder Costa was omitted from the squad.
What Whelan had to say about Costa
“Shackleton came on, I thought he did very well – he was pushing, he was probing, he was trying. Hernandez the other night, came on, made a difference. That is what you want from substitutions, you want to see an improvement on the player you’ve taken off.
“Costa came on and did absolutely zip, absolutely nothing, he was woeful against West Ham and rightly so he’s not in the squad – I don’t care if you cost £17million, £20million, £100million.
“You’ve seen it with Pogba – if you’re not delivering, and you haven’t got the right attitude and you’re not contributing and other people are on the training ground and pushing and working hard, you ain’t getting in the squad. Marcelo Bielsa is not a manager who’s soft.”
Is this fair?
Costa definitely has the quality to succeed, with his former manager Nuno Espirito Santo 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.”
However this season Costa has not shown his quality. The 26 year-old has scored twice, in ten appearances, and has only managed on average 0.9 shots and 0.7 key passes a game (WhoScored).
The player now knows that he has to perform better and more consistently when given the chance if he wants to be playing more for the club, however it is definitely fair for him to be criticised for his recent performances.
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