Leeds United winger Helder Costa could be sold if Noa Lang arrives at Elland Road this summer, according to former Whites defender Danny Mills.
The Lowdown: Costa struggles for playing time
Costa was a peripheral figure for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season, not enjoying as much playing time as some of the more influential players at the club. The 27-year-old only managed to start 13 of Leeds’ 38 Premier League matches, scoring three times as the Whites finished ninth in the table.
The Latest: Winger tipped to leave on
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills talked up the idea of the winger moving on to pastures new if Lang joins, having come to the end of the road at Leeds. The former Whites defender said:
“It’s not the most important position for Leeds to address and get sorted. It might just mean that they believe he’s better than Helder Costa and he may be moving on.
“It’s just freshening it up and rotating a few players. As hard as it is sometimes, that’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to make tough decisions as a manager. you have to move people on, freshen the squad up and bring in players with more quality.
“If that’s the case, that looks like what they’re trying to do.”
The Verdict: Right time to move on
Costa is a talented wide player who has contributed for Leeds – former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has described him as ‘immense’ – but it feels like he should move on this summer.
At 27, and with his current deal not expiring until 2024, the Whites could still receive a hefty fee for the Portuguese, with that money going towards new signings.
If Costa stays, it is no disaster, but it is hard to see how he will feature any more prominently next season, especially if another winger is added to the squad.
In other news, Leeds are believed to be monitoring the progress of an international player. Find out who here it is here.
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