Scout Report: What are Leeds getting from Helder Costa?
Leeds fans have been delighted with the business their club has done this week, with three players arriving on loan – Jack Harrison, Ben White and Helder Costa.
Jack Clarke also re-signed on loan after moving to Tottenham on a permanent contract.
Fans would take that in a heartbeat but taking it down to a perhaps more realistic level, what can fans expect?
All of the stats below are from the Championship only [wyscout.com] and compare Costa with Harrison, Clarke and Joe Lolley, one of the most effective wingers in the league last season (Nottingham Forest).
Costa comes up top for end product and a goal every four games is a decent return that could see Costa chip in with 11-12 goals next season, which would be very welcome. Harrison got four in 37 games for Leeds last season.
His assist figures are the same and these attacking returns are exactly what Marcelo Bielsa has bought Costa for.
His dribbles stack up with Clarke and Lolley and his passes to box are only slightly down on Lolley (3.55/3.6).
It will be interesting to see whether Costa can rediscover his confidence after losing his mojo at Wolves. If he does and gets back to his best, Leeds have a player capable of delivering damage to any Championship opponent.