Helder Costa was in action for the Leeds United Under-23s on Monday ahead of a Premier League game at Elland Road where he could be expecting his first start since November.
And there are plenty of Leeds fans who aren’t excited by that prospect after his display at Thorp Arch on Monday.
Starting the season as the nailed-on right-winger, Costa lost his place to Raphinha after a run of bad form. And Raphinha hasn’t looked back since.
However, Raphinha went off injured in the game against Leicester on Sunday and he’s a doubt for the game against Everton tomorrow.
Ian Poveda also picked up an injury in the Under-23s game on Monday and if they’re both out it means an almost certain start for Costa.
However, some Leeds fans weren’t impressed with what they saw. One said Costa was “lethargic” while another said he “looks a shell of himself. Completely void of confidence.”
We think that’s a bit harsh. We watched the game and saw Costa miss a pretty easy chance early on.
However, after that he looked fairly bright and sharp and could have easily found himself on the scoresheet on a different day.
We think some fans maybe expect too much from first-team players in Under-23s games.
We also think there’s some discontent from fans after his recent first-team performances.
Either way, he may well get a chance to prove the doubters wrong against Everton. A bad display there, though, could really threaten his long-term future at the club. It’s a chance he really needs to take.
Here are some of the reactions to Costa’s performance on Monday…
Watching Helder Costa for the under 23s and he looks a shell of himself. Completely void of confidence 👎
— Chris Johnson 🏴🏴 (@chrissyLUFC) February 1, 2021
Costa misses an absolute sitter. Goal at his mercy and goes at it with the wrong foot. No excuse for missing that one. 1-0 45 mins #lufc
— The Modern Game (@The_ModernGame) February 1, 2021
You can see Costa has quality. But unless the ball is at his feet, he just does not seem bothered. Looks lethargic and not bothered about tracking back. It's s shame, there is a quality player I'm there somewhere #lufc
— Ben (@benji_coops) February 1, 2021
#lufc Costa's been poor. Should be walking rings around this lot.
— RTOhunter (@RTOhunter) February 1, 2021
Wolves seem to have had our pants down with Costa #lufc
— topman65 (@bielsa_FC) February 1, 2021
raphinha roughly cost the same as helder costa😭😭
— Jac (@jac4KT) February 1, 2021
Not everyone was of the same opinion. Some thought that Costa had a good 45 minutes at Thorp Arch, although they were in the minority…
Shackleton and Poveda are on at HT for Davis and Costa – good first half performances from those two.
Huggins to left back, Summerville to the right with Poveda on the left. Shackleton partners Greenwood in midfield.
Second half underway at Thorp Arch. #LUFC
— LUFC Academy Central (@LUFCacademynews) February 1, 2021
People give Costa a lot of shit for his attitude but I think that's a very simplistic view of why he's slipped down the pecking order. Every time he plays for the u23s, he always applies himself well. #LUFC
— ETHAN (@EthanFromOnline) February 1, 2021
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— Russ 💙🗣️🎙️📻 (@_media_journo) February 1, 2021
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