Helder Costa may have already played final Leeds United match
Helder Costa might not pull on a Leeds United shirt again after Marcelo Bielsa confirmed he’ll miss the rest of this season.
The 27-year-old, who joined the Whites permanently from Wolves last summer after a season-long loan at Leeds, missed the defeat to Brighton last week with a back injury.
He suffered that injury in Leeds’ 0-0 draw against Manchester United when he was slammed to the ground by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Speaking on Thursday, Bielsa confirmed that the winger’s season is over.
As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Whites boss said: “He won’t be able to compete again this season.”
In terms of Costa’s career at Elland Road, that could be it.
Ever since he first signed from Wolves at the start of last season, the Portuguese winger has been very underwhelming and while he showed some promising signs at the start of this Premier League campaign, those sparks petered out quickly.
In total this season, Costa has made 23 appearances in all competitions for Leeds, started 13 league matches, scored two goals and supplied three assists.
According to WhoScored, Costa average match rating this season is 6.32, which ranks him 17th in Bielsa’s squad.
BBC Radio Leeds pundit and ex-Whites striker Noel Whelan has recently shared his concerns about the winger.
He told BBC Radio Leeds, “[Costa] has done nothing, but I just think when we look at our squad can we afford to let certain players go?
“I agree, I don’t think he is good enough, but I just don’t think we can allow or let him go right now and who is going to take him?
“We are going to take a massive hit on that. £17m. Probably sell him for what? £8m? We aren’t going to get double figures for him.”
Whelan seems to think he’ll be on the transfer list in the summer and The Athletic’s Phil Hay has suggested the same a number of times.
Speaking on The Phil Hay Show in March, the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post reporter said: “I’m not sold [on Costa] and I’ll watch with interest what happens in the summer.”
Hay also reported on The Athletic’s website that there’ll be questions raised about Costa’s future in the summer with some players potentially leaving.
While we don’t want to see any players injured and nor do we enjoy criticising Leeds players and urging the club to sell them, it doesn’t look good for Costa.
He’s now going to sit the rest of the season out while doubts linger about his future at Elland Road.
We think he’ll be on his way but, as Whelan said, the Whites are more than likely going to have to take a massive loss on the ex-Wolves winger, who’s simply lost his mojo since winning promotion at Molineux.
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