By Craig Scott

5th Nov, 2021 | 10:16am

Pablo Hernandez wowed by Leeds United loanee Helder Costa at Valencia

Pablo Hernandez has been impressed by Helder Costa’s form at Valencia after Leeds United loaned the attacker out in the summer.

Costa, 27, has played just six times for Valencia since joining them but has started two of their last three La Liga matches, playing well in the 2-0 win over Villarreal on Saturday.

It was the first time the loaned-out Leeds winger featured in a win for Valencia and ex-Whites star Hernandez isn’t surprised to see him do well due to Marcelo Bielsa’s influence on him.

“It does not surprise me because what I know well from two years and I know what he can give,” Hernandez said, as quoted by Super Deporte.

“He is a player in unbalancing attack, he is very fast that in either of the two wings he does a lot of damage and defensively.

“We already saw the other day how it helped and he is physically capable of doing it and I’m sure good games will come for him to show that he can be an important player for the team.”

Hernandez added: “Against Villarreal, Hélder played a great game not only in attack but also in defence, which is something that is non-negotiable with Bordalás.

“The good thing about Hélder is that he comes from two years with Bielsa who, I know from experience, demands a lot in defence.

“He demands a lot physically from the players and that is where I think he has gained from his experience with Bielsa.

“He showed it against Villarreal, and he is a player who is going to show it a lot.  

“I think he will have a place in the team.”

Still not enough

Costa will have to produce miracles at Valencia in order to prove that he’s still good enough to play for Leeds United.

Bielsa has Jack Harrison, Raphinha and Daniel James who can all play on the wings, as well as up-and-coming youngsters Crysencio Summerville and Ian Poveda, who’s on loan at Blackburn.

Costa’s impact in the Premier League at Leeds was minimal with the ex-Wolves winger having way more bad or anonymous games than good ones.

It’s very hard to see a way back for the one-time Portugal international at Elland Road.

He’ll have two years left to run on his contract once he returns to Leeds at the end of the season and we’d expect him to be sold.

Leeds paid a lot of money for Costa and we doubt they’ll get anywhere near what they paid for him but it’s better than seeing that contract run down into the final 12 months or even into nothing and seeing him go for free.

Next summer is the best chance to sell Costa.

It’ll take a lot of strong performances on loan at Valencia for our minds to be changed.

In other Leeds United news, this teenager is destined for a first-team call-up after what Andrea Radrizzani tweeted.