Noel Whelan has slammed Leeds United winger Helder Costa, claiming he has been far too inconsistent this season.

The BBC pundit believes that the Portuguese international has been lacking bravery on the ball and that his end product is short of serious quality.

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Whelan admitted that the 26-year-old has not done enough at Elland Road, and that he is limiting the Whites of goalscoring opportunities.

“I don’t think he’s done enough,” he told Football Insider.

“I think we’re going back to seeing him in glimpses and he’s not consistent enough over 90 minutes. From wide areas, full-backs, wingers, the delivery doesn’t have enough quality. It’s poor – we’re hitting the first man.

“That’s criminal. Under no pressure at times, to be hitting the first man, you’re taking away a goalscoring opportunity.”

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We pointed out after the 2-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest that Costa has been nowhere good enough recently, and should be dropped against Brentford.

That is unlikely to happen. Ian Poveda would most likely be the next in line to step in, but he featured for the under-23s against Bolton on Monday afternoon – something that forced him to miss the game at the City Ground over the weekend.

Costa has only been involved in four goals in his 31 appearances this season. Worst of all, he only completes 1.3 dribbles per game according to WhoScored – he loses the ball 2.3 times in each outing meaning he is out of possession more times than he beats his man – his main job as a winger.

Whelan is spot on with his criticism, and the Whites need to seriously consider making the switch sooner rather than later.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton has labelled the Whites a one-trick pony while slamming senior figure for not learning his lesson

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