Helder Costa is one of few players who has divided opinion among Leeds United supporters this season with the Portuguese winger failing to impress sections of Elland Road.

Costa, 26, joined the Whites on a season-long loan from Wolves last summer after helping the West Midlands club win promotion from the Championship and then secure a spot in the Europa League.

It was also pre-agreed with Wolves that Costa would join Leeds permanently at the end of his loan contract in a deal worth a massive £15million.

But are Leeds on the rough end of that deal?

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The former Benfica winger has since played in every league fixture for Marcelo Bielsa, appearing 40 times across all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying five assists in the process.

In the Championship, he’s been directly involved in just six goals in his 37 appearances, meaning that the right-winger has only been involved in 10 per cent of the club’s league goals this season. However, according to stats by WhoScored, 45 per cent of Leeds’ attacks have been down the right-wing where Costa plays. In comparison, left-winger Jack Harrison has been directly involved in 23 per cent of goals.

Stats by WyScout show that Costa has an xG of 0.18 in the Championship this season, averaging 1.76 shots at goal per 90 minutes of action.

Only 25 per cent of his crosses are accurate and only 55.3 per cent of dribbles are completed.

Costa struggled in the Premier League with Wolves last season and only started 16 league matches for Nuno Espirito Santo.

The chances are that Leeds are promoted this season and will be left with a £15million player who is proven to have struggled in the top-flight and hardly stood out in the Championship.

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