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Paul Robinson has said that Helder Costa won’t be happy playing in the under-23s and that it is “certainly not where he wants to be playing his football this season”.
The £32k-a-week winger has seen his first-team chances dry up after a run of poor form saw Raphinha come into the side.
Raphinha has been one of the most exciting players for Leeds this season and Costa has been limited to playing for the under-23s since he emerged.
Costa played for 90 minutes in the 1-0 win against Stoke Under-23s at Thorp Arch on Monday.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I think playing him in the Under-23s is just a chance to give him game time as he’s been really out-of-sorts of lately.
“The manager isn’t afraid of playing his players in the under-23s but it’s certainly not where he wants to be playing his football this season.
“He started off the season playing really well and him and Jack Harrison had those wing positions nailed down.
“The good thing about the Under-23s with Leeds is that it gives players like Costa a chance to get regular minutes and game time.
“It gives him a chance to try and play his way back into contention.
“Form is a difficult thing, it comes and goes and sometimes you can’t put your finger on why you’re not playing well.
“Generally, though, the harder you work and the more you play, the quicker your form comes back.
“The Under-23s set-up gives Costa a chance to get back to his best but he won’t be happy playing there.”
We think Costa will be playing for his place in the team but also playing for his long-term Leeds career.
The big-money player needs to start proving that he’s worth the sizeable fee that Leeds paid or it could see him axed in what we’re expecting to be major changes in the summer.
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