Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Leeds United winger Helder Costa is not injured after missing the 5-2 win over Newcastle.
Ian Poveda, Pablo Hernandez and Tyler Roberts were the attacking options named on the bench, with two of those coming on at Elland Road.
Costa played the second half of the 2-1 defeat against West Ham last week and failed to impress when finally given the chance.
Speaking after the game, as shared by BBC journalist Adam Pope on his personal Twitter account, Bielsa addressed his absence.
Costa is not injured says Bielsa #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) December 16, 2020
Costa started the season after promotion to the Premier League but has lost his place since the marquee signing of Raphinha.
The Portuguese international has played more minutes for the under-23s recently and scored a great goal against West Brom.
Bielsa appears to favour Poveda at this moment in time for that spot on the bench, and his blunt answer tonight proves that he simply isn’t doing enough.
It was no surprise to see Costa absent.
The winger was simply shocking against West Ham on Friday, and you can’t put in those levels of performances and expect to keep your spot, especially in this side.
The 26-year-old managed no shots on goal or key passes according to WhoScored, and only completed 71.4% of his passes.
This is a clear message to the rest of the squad, should you not perform, you will be dropped from the matchday side and Bielsa will not accept it.
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