Helder Costa will leave Leeds United at the end of the season, according to former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell.
The Lowdown: Costa a periphery figure
Leeds have had a strong season back in the Premier League, with Marcelo Bielsa having a number of key performers throughout the campaign.
In truth, Costa hasn’t been one of them, however, only making 13 starts in the league and playing second fiddle on the wings to the likes of Raphinha and Jack Harrison.
There is constant speculation surrounding the 27-year-old’s future, with a move away from Elland Road mooted a number of times in recent months.
The Latest: Pundit tips Costa to leave
Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell outlined his reasoning for the Portuguese moving on this summer:
“There’s seems to be a lot of interest in wingers from Leeds so maybe they are resigned to Costa leaving at the end of the season.
“He’s out injured at the moment so he hasn’t even got the chance to impress in the final few games.
“Things may have turned a bit sour inside the club for the player and if that is the case, fair enough. These things happen in football.
“I am sure Costa will get picked up. He is a decent player and he has played a lot of games in the Premier League. There will be some clubs interested for sure.”
The Verdict: Time to move on
Costa is a very talented winger – one who Huddersfield Town defender Harry Toffolo once described (via One Football) as ‘exceptional’ after squaring off against him – but he is not a key man for Leeds now.
Others have gone above him in the pecking order and it seems clear that Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t necessarily trust his all-round game, with Trent Alexander-Arnold running off him a number of times in the recent 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Leeds should be able to get a decent fee for the winger, so moving him on will not only benefit them, but the player himself could be a regular starter elsewhere.
In other news, Leeds have been boosted after a reported target rejected a new deal. Find out who it is here.
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