Marcelo Bielsa was full of praise for Helder Costa in his pre-Wigan Athletic press conference on Thursday afternoon when asked about the winger’s first start for the club – as quoted by Leeds Live.
Costa, 25, was handed his first start for Leeds in the League Cup clash against Salford City on Tuesday night, in which the Whites comfortably strolled to a 3-0 win – as the class of ’92 watched on.
The Portugal international came on as a substitute in both Championship outings against Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, before Tuesday night. He laid on an excellent assist against League Two side Salford.
His assist saw fellow new signing Eddie Nketiah open his Leeds account, and Bielsa declared himself delighted with Costa’s start to life at Elland Road – as well as his first start with the Yorkshire club.
“I saw a detail in him that is very important,” Bielsa said. “Costa was comfortable in an uncomfortable game. He was fighting every time, knowing he has better quality than this. At the same time, I saw his attributes.
“He could show these skills for the first goal in the cross. If the team’s performance was medium, we cannot say high or low, he played with experience and created hope in us. Forest game, he made a difference when he come on.”
TBR’s view – Costa surely closing in on Leeds start?
But where do you play him? The former Benfica and Monaco star is naturally a winger. Pablo Hernandez is easily the club’s most in-form player at the moment, with two goals and an assist in two games.
With Hernandez starring off the right flank, Jack Harrison has also been in solid form after an excellent pre-season. The Manchester City loanee also scored against Bristol City and impressed against Forest.
So, where could Costa play? The winger could come in alongside Matuesz Klich, though Adam Forshaw is doing well. He may have to wait for his chance, despite his decent start.