Helder Costa will depart Leeds United during the summer transfer window if the prediction of former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips plays out.
The Lowdown: Peripheral figure for Leeds
The Whites has an exceptional season back in the Premier League, with numerous individuals playing big roles for Marcelo Bielsa, whether it be Illan Meslier, Kalvin Phillips or Patrick Bamford, to name just a few.
Someone who rarely played a starring role was Costa, however, with the Portuguese only making a total of 13 starts in the league.
He invariably found himself kept out of the team by the likes of Raphinha and Jack Harrison, having to make do with a squad role instead.
The Latest: Costa tipped to leave
“They have already got a lot of wingers. I would say that it makes it very likely that Costa will move on because he didn’t play a lot last season.
“It’s an area that they have plenty of cover in, those wide areas. So I think maybe his time at Leeds is up. He can go somewhere now and go and play regularly. Whether that means that you’ve got to drop down a league, who knows?”
The Verdict: Time to move on
It makes perfect sense for Costa to leave, despite him being described as an ‘immense’ footballer by former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
His current deal doesn’t expire until 2024, meaning Leeds could receive a decent amount for him and new signings could push him even further down the pecking order.
Costa is a talented player who has still contributed for the Whites, but it feels as though the team is moving on without him and a sale makes sense for all parties.
In other news, Leeds have been tipped to sign a player from under the noses of a fellow Premier League side. Find out who it is here.
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