This summer, Helder Costa will make his loan deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Leeds United a permanent one for a transfer fee of £15m.
Arriving in England back in 2016, the Portuguese winger impressed during his first season with Wolves, but his goals and assists became less frequent in the following two seasons at the Midlands club.
Moving to Elland Road on loan last summer, Costa has played a part in Marcelo Bielsa’s side sitting top of the Championship table. On course for promotion to the Premier League, Leeds will likely be keen to strengthen their squad ahead of next season, and Costa’s permanent deal will use a significant portion of the Whites’ transfer funds.
A £15m deal, agreed at the time of the loan arrangement last summer, seems a bargain in today’s transfer market, but it is worth questioning whether the 26-year-old done enough to warrant that figure.
With a total of 37 league appearances this term for Leeds, Costa has managed to net three goals and supply three assists, therefore contributing to six goals in the Championship. Those statistics are hardly flattering, seeing the winger involved in just 10% of his side’s 56 goals in the league.
Valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, it is hard to see that valuation increasing due to his modest statistics and one might wonder if that agreed £15m fee could have been spent on a different option.
Of course, time will tell if Costa can make an impact in the remainder of the Championship season and on to next term, but with the potential of a Premier League season providing a significant step up, Bielsa is unlikely to afford too many chances to players who fail to have the desired effect in this Leeds team.
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