Graham Smyth has claimed that Leeds United winger won’t be “entirely satisfied” with his situation at Elland Road this season.
The Portuguese winger started the Premier League as first-choice on the left, and the arrival of Raphinha has seen him drop to the bench.
Smyth has claimed that despite his “big-money” move, Costa hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype from his time at Wolves previously.
Writing for the Yorkshire Evening Post in an official Q&A on Wednesday, Smyth claimed that the Portuguese winger has to prove himself at Elland Road again.
“As for Helder Costa, he can’t be entirely satisfied,” he wrote.
“He made a big move to Leeds, for big money, with a lot of hype. He did okay last season but he hasn’t exactly sparkled and now Raphinha has taken his spot. How he responds to that will likely determine how his time at Leeds goes from here on in.”
Costa may not be satisfied, but he hasn’t justified himself enough to earn a starting spot in the Premier League spot again.
The 27-year-old has been starting with the under-23s more recently, and couldn’t even make much of an impact against Stoke with the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente alongside him.
Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t started Costa in the Premier League since the 4-1 defeat against Leicester City back in November and hasn’t featured off the bench for the past couple of games.
Ian Poveda appears to have jumped past him in the pecking order, and Costa has to change that around, and quickly.
If not, Costa has to prepare to pack his bags in the summer, although the Whites may find it hard to bring in the money they spent on him last year.
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