Jermaine Beckford has explained that he wants to see Leeds United attacker Helder Costa play more.
The 25-year-old has been eased into the new season by manager Marcelo Bielsa after joining on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He’s played in all eight games across all competitions so far, but is yet to start in the league and has been deployed as an impact substitute.
The skilful right-winger has one goal and three assists so far, while he’s started to develop a decent partnership with centre-forward Eddie Nketiah.
Ex-Leeds striker Beckford undestands that Costa needs time adjusting to Bielsa’s style of play, but rates him highly and would like to see him used more.
“I think he’s a very exciting player; he’s quick, he’s tricky, he pops up in the right place at the right time, scores nice goals. But, we don’t see what he does on a day-to-day basis,” Beckford told Football League World.
“From an outside perspective, I’d like to see him play week in, week out because he’s so unpredictable and defenders hate playing against him, but that’s going off the exciting moments we’ve seen.
“I’d love to see how he is in training, obviously the manager has his way of playing and he’s really respected, so I think he’s making the right decisions, for the right reasons. But, from a selfish perspective, I want to see him play.”
Costa is certainly an exciting addition at Elland Road that will play an important role this season in the promotion bid, but Bielsa is introducing him slowly and as it stands it’s hard to squeeze him into the XI.
Both Costa and Nketiah are firmly knocking down the door to get starts in the league, as the duo have been electric in the cup and off the bench.
Bielsa is though staying loyal to his current XI, who have started the new campaign strongly and sit third in the Championship table after six league games.
With the fixtures piling up after the international break, Leeds will need to rotate at times and it’s a great luxury to have a wide man like Costa desperate to impress whenever he gets the chance.