Do Marcelo Bielsa's comments mean 27-year-old has played his last game for Leeds?
Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur that Helder Costa will be sidelined for the remainder of the season – so has he played his last game for the Whites?
Costa, 27, has been in and out of the Leeds side this season – acting as first reserve to Jack Harrison and Raphinha when either of the two wingers are out of action. But he was missing from the side on Saturday that lost 2-0 to Brighton.
The one-time Portugal international was expected to start for Leeds in what would have been his 70th appearance for the Whites – having initially joined on loan before completing a permanent move to Elland Road for £16million (BBC).
Asked about his injury, Bielsa stated that Costa will be out for the rest of the season: “No, he won’t be able to compete again this season,” as per Leeds Live. So, has the ex-Benfica, Monaco and Wolves man played his last game for the club?
The summer window is approaching and Costa is on the fringes. He is struggling to affect games when being used, and Ian Poveda – who is one behind Costa in the pecking order – is beginning to impress when coming off the bench this season.
Even Leeds icon Noel Whelan recently told BBC Radio Leeds – as covered by TBR Football: “We are going to [have to] take a massive hit on him. Probably sell him for what? £8m? We aren’t going to get double figures for him.”
Costa is going to struggle for game time next season if he remains, especially with Harrison signing permanently, Poveda improving and potential a new addition on the flanks. The Telegraph claim that Noa Lang is an option from Club Brugge.
So, the summer could prove the time to move on for Costa as he struggles to break past Harrison and Raphinha – and the fact he has been ruled out for the rest of the season could mean the Portuguese ace has played his last game for the club.