Wolves manager Nuno has heaped big praise on Leeds United winger Helder Costa ahead of the Premier League clash on Monday evening, saying the player had an ‘immense’ impact for them in the top-flight.
Leeds signed Costa from Wolves, initially on loan before making the deal permanent this summer for a fee of £16m.
Talking ahead of the game at Elland Road Nuno said, “When we arrived in the Championship, Helder was injured. They were major injuries and it took a lot of time for him to recover.
“So that season was not the best for him, but in the first season we were in the Premier League, Helder was immense and had a huge impact on the team.
“He’s a very talented player, but things happen naturally, players move from here to another place. It happens in football. Honestly, I’m delighted he’s showing his quality and enjoying his football.” [Leeds Live]
Costa to start tonight
Costa has already scored two goals and added one assist in his four Premier League starts so far this season.
He had a mixed start to his Leeds career but seems to be finding his feet just at the right time, both for him and for the club.
He knows he’s got increased competition for his right-wing spot this season.
Ian Poveda came on against Man City and was absolutely brilliant in a game-changing display in the second-half.
Raphinha also signed this summer, in a £17m deal from Rennes. He’s a natural right-winger and could make his debut tonight after Marcelo Bielsa said he would be in the squad after an “immediate” impact at Thorp Arch.
We’re fully expecting Costa to start tonight, though, and he’ll be desperate to prove a point against the side that let him go in 2019.
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