By Joe Ellis

5th Apr, 2022 | 8:45pm

Helder Costa will return to Leeds United after horrific loan spell

Leeds United winger Helder Costa will return to Yorkshire next season having failed to impress while on loan at Valencia, according to Marca.

The Angolan had become a regular in the La Liga side’s team but the January arrival of Bryan Gil from Tottenham Hotspur has bumped Costa down the pecking order.

Since the Spurs man’s arrival, the 28-year-old has played just 76 minutes in 11 matches, all of them coming off the bench.

Valencia are unbeaten in their last five matches with Costa’s longest time on the pitch being 13 minutes in a 1-0 win away at Mallorca.

In 25 games in all competitions for the Spaniards, Costa has not scored one single goal so it’s no surprise to see them send him back to Thorp Arch.

Waste of space

Valencia have now cottoned onto the fact that Costa just isn’t cut out for playing top division football in any respectful footballing nation.

Even by his standards, no goals in 25 games is an astonishingly bad season for an attacker and no one can blame them for not wanting to spend the £8million required to make the move permanent.

Leeds are now left with the task of finding another, hopefully full-time, move for Costa but there is almost no chance they get anywhere near £8million for him after this season.

If they can get anything in the seven-figure region in the summer then they should be snapping the hand off whoever is offering that sum and getting the paperwork signed as soon as possible.

He is never going to get into Jesse Marsch’s Leeds team now so let’s just get rid of him and move on from his time at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Ronaldinho has called on this Whites ace to quit in order to join one of Valencia’s La Liga rivals.