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Our view: £16m Leeds ace could be in trouble after concerning performance on Sunday

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Leeds United made a bold decision in 2019, signing Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Helder Costa on loan with an obligation to sign him permanently.

Taking him for a Championship promotion push had its merits; Costa was impressive in the Championship for Wolves, registering 15 goals and 14 assists in 71 appearances.

Costa registered four goals and four assists for Leeds last season, helping them win promotion – and the Whites paid the £16million to sign him permanently.

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Agreeing to such a deal was a risk. Costa managed just one goal and two assists in 25 Premier League outings for Wolves before offloading him to Leeds.

Right now, Costa looks to be suffering similar issues in the top flight. He’s not really affecting games for Leeds, and hasn’t registered a single created chance in league action since November 2nd.

Against Crawley Town on Sunday, the Portuguese wide man as completely ineffectual against League Two opposition, and was fortunate to stay on when Ian Carlo Poveda was substituted.

Where next for Costa? Leeds have sunk big money into the 27-year-old, but just months after that £16million outlay, he’s already looking like being on the fringes of the side.

CRAWLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Crawley Town's George Francomb and Leeds United's Helder Costa during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at The People's Pension Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Crawley, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images

Jack Harrison and Raphinha are the first-choice wingers right now, and if one was to miss out at the moment, you could make a case for Poveda or Ezgjan Alioski being picked ahead of Costa.

Sunday’s performance just wasn’t good enough from Costa, and whilst a number of players failed to show up against Crawley, his was one of the most concerning displays.

This was a chance for him to stake a claim for a first-team starting role again, and he squandered it. With other options out wide, he can’t afford to keep wasting these chances, or his Leeds career will ultimately slip away.

CRAWLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Helder Costa of Leeds during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at The Peoples Pension Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Crawley, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

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