Helder Costa and Tyler Roberts will have to up their game between now and the end of the season if they want to stick around at Leeds United, according to Phil Hay.
Costa, 27, and Robert, 22, both started in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Elland Road on Saturday and neither player managed to impress.
Writing on The Athletic website, Hay reported that their lack of consistency is becoming an issue and hints they could be shipped out and replaced in the future.
He said: “Costa and Roberts are going to have to have big finishes to the season if they’re going to stick around here for much longer. Their influence just isn’t consistent enough.”
Time to cut losses?
Leeds spent a lot of money on Costa in the summer when the winger made his loan stay at Elland Road permanent.
According to LeedsLive, the Whites paid Wolves £15million for the one-time Portugal international, who was a regular in the Championship-winning team of last season.
It was an odd agreement by Leeds.
They signed Costa in the summer of 2019 on loan, with an obligation to make the deal permanent for £15million last year.
They’d already seen how Costa did at Wolves and while he did well in the Championship, he was short of what was required in the Premier League.
Committing such a large sum of money towards signing a player like that was very bold.
And, so far, that decision hasn’t panned out as well as Leeds will have wanted.
Costa did start this season quite well with the former Wolves winger scoring once and assisting another goal in his first two Premier League appearances for the Yorkshire club.
But he’s slowly gotten worse since then and despite the odd great performance, his overall lack of consistency suggests he’s not a player who’s been worth the £15million shelled out to sign him.
If he goes this summer, we wouldn’t expect Leeds to make back their money but it would be the best option for all parties if he’s moved on and a replacement is brought in.
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