Former Leeds United player and BBC pundit Noel Whelan has been unimpressed by Helder Costa but believes the club will take a loss if they opt to sell him.
Having signed permanently from Wolves last summer for a fee in the region of £17m before spending a season on loan at Elland Road, Costa hasn’t hit the heights many expected him to.
He’s been a bit-part player for the Whites and the club could be open to the idea of selling him in the summer.
However, Whelan believes that if they are to offload him, they will take a financial hit as no club, in his opinion, would match Leeds’ asking rate.
He told BBC Radio Leeds, “He 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.”
Stick or twist?
Costa is 27 and unlikely to get any better in the future. He’s shown fleeting glimpses of his quality but his lack of consistency is why so many of our fans have seemed to give up on him.
Even Bielsa doesn’t rate him as highly anymore – handing him only 13 league starts this season. In comparison, he started 33 in the Championship last season – a stark difference. [WhoScored]
He was a highly-rated player in the Championship, and Huddersfield Town star Harry Toffolo certainly mirrors our take on the 27-year-old, calling the player ‘Exceptional’ on BBC West Yorkshire Sport.
So, the big question is should we stick or twist with the player? If we are to sign Jack Harrison permanently, he would come for a similar fee we acquire from Costa’s sale.
There could be some interest if Jorge Mendes, one of the game’s most connected agents, can drum up his prize in the European market.
As of now, it’s looking likely that the club could be forced to cut their losses on one of their highest-paid players.
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