By Saikat Mandal

3rd Aug, 2022 | 6:40am

Helder Costa and Ian Poveda certain to leave Leeds United, more exits to follow

Leeds United are almost certain to allow Helder Costa and Ian Poveda leave the club this summer, as reported by Graham Smyth.

The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist wrote for the newspaper (online edition) on 2 August that along with these two, Mateusz Klich “might” leave the club as well. However, that has not been decided.

Leeds have sent some of the players on loan this summer, and a couple of more are expected to leave on loan in the next few days.

Lewis Bate and Stuart McKinstry are the two players who are expected to leave on loan this summer.

Future of trio

Costa is one of the players who are almost certain to leave.

The Portuguese forward dropped down the pecking order under Marcelo Bielsa and he was sent on loan to Spain at Valencia.

He made a strong start at Los Che but then failed to make an impact in the second half of the season. Valencia didn’t want to keep him, and Leeds are unlikely to continue with him.

Poveda is an interesting case. The 22-year-old looks like a cracking talent, and he has got fantastic skills.

He was doing well at Blackburn Rovers but a serious injury completely ended his season prematurely.

Poveda is someone who probably deserves a chance, but he is way down the pecking order at the club. Probably, a move away from Elland Road would be good for his career.

Klich is a senior midfielder at the club. His situation is most delicate. He needs to raise his game if he is serious about booking a place for Poland’s World Cup squad.

At the moment, Marsch probably hasn’t given a thought about selling him, but things can change quickly.

In other Leeds United news, a 29-year-old has snubbed interest from Europe to move to Elland Road with the move subject to a work permit.