Helder Costa was surprisingly dropped from the Leeds United squad entirely to face Newcastle.
That followed him being dropped from the starting XI for the prior four games after a run of poor form.
He came on for the second half against West Ham after a below-par display from Jack Harrison but played terribly and gave away the free-kick that led to West Ham’s winner.
After the match against Newcastle on Wednesday, Marcelo Bielsa was asked if Costa was injured and he just said, “No, no injury.”
And, after getting dropped from the squad, Costa’s latest social media post suggests that all is not well behind the scenes.
Leeds put in a thrilling display against Newcastle, winning 5-2 and sending all the players running to Instagram to congratulate each other.
It wasn’t just the players on the pitch either.
Posts from injured duo Robin Koch and Diego Llorente hailed the performance and the individual goals, and they both showed the sort of squad togetherness we expect from the Leeds players.
But that was in marked contrast to Costa, who posted an Instagram story about a family friend. Match? What match?
Here’s the message from Llorente.
And from Koch.
And here’s the message from Costa.
That speaks volumes to us and sends a very strong hint that all is not well behind the scenes.
It’s not what we want from our players and it’s not something we’re used to.
Pablo Hernandez and Marcelo Bielsa seemingly fell out over his reaction to getting subbed against Leicester and the playmaker only made his return to the pitch on Wednesday night.
Bielsa doesn’t suffer bad behaviour among his players.
We wanted to see Costa hailing the team last night and saying he was gutted to miss out. Not acting as if nothing happened.
It doesn’t bode well for the immediate future and after seeing this post we think Costa might well be staying out of the squad for the United game.
The Under-23s play the day after and if Costa is dropped from the Premier League squad and plays at Thorp Arch against Fulham we want to see him bust a gut in order to win his shirt back.
Side before self.
Sulking in the background isn’t going to do anyone any good.
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