Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Leeds United winger Helder Costa could move to a Championship club this summer.
The Lowdown: Costa not a key man
The Whites finished ninth in the Premier League last season, with Marcelo Bielsa having a core of key players to call upon regularly.
Costa wasn’t one of those, however, with the 27-year-old only managing 13 league starts and scoring just three times along the way.
The Portuguese has been linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer, in order to earn more playing time.
The Latest: Pundit tips winger for exit
Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor questioned whether or not Costa was even good enough for Premier League football, saying a move down to the Championship could make more sense:
“He had his chance last season, he had his chance at Wolves. But he doesn’t look like a Premier League player to me. He looks like a player with a lot of quality but maybe a different league or the Championship may suit Costa.
“I’m sure where Leeds want to go, they’ll need players who are ready and raring to go from the bench and make an impact. They can’t just come on and be satisfactory.
“I’m sure they’ll be looking to sell him and bring in a better replacement.”
The Verdict: Time to move on
Given Leeds’ current trajectory, Costa could become even more surplus to requirements next season, as Bielsa looks to bring in more quality out wide, providing competition for Raphinha and Jack Harrison.
It makes perfect sense for him to leave the club and enjoy a fresh challenge, with the winger possessing the ability to thrive in the Championship, where the level of defending is inferior – he has played over 100 games in the second tier and racked up nearly 40 goal involvements (Transfermarkt).
Costa’s current Leeds deal doesn’t expire until 2024, so the Whites should still be able to demand a healthy amount for his services.
In other news, Leeds have suffered a blow regarding a rumoured transfer target. Read more here.
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