Noel Whelan gave a mixed verdict on Leeds United’s Helder Costa when discussing his contribution to the team’s stunning win over Manchester City on Saturday.
The Whites pulled off a 2-1 away victory against Man City, something which was made more remarkable due to the fact they had to play the entire second half with 10 men after Liam Cooper’s sending off.
Stuart Dallas was the match-winner for the Yorkshire club with his two goals, including one in stoppage time on the counter-attack to grab three points.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side showed a real defensive resilience before getting their late winner.
It was surely no more than a dent to a Man City team that are still expected to get over the line for the league title, but it highlighted what a great addition Leeds have been to the Premier League.
Whelan was discussing Leeds attacker Costa in his post-match analysis, who started the game due to the fact Jack Harrison was unavailable against his parent club.
Costa, 27, put in a real shift for 90 minutes on the pitch, especially as the team were a man light for half of it.
But Whelan admitted he still feels that there is more the wide player can do.
“I thought he worked very hard…If you’re asking me has he taken Jack Harrison’s place for next game with that performance, no,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“I still think there is more in him. I still think he is very inconsistent. I still think sometimes drifts away with the fairies. I just think there is something there I’m unsure about, and I know he’s got it in him.”
It was always going to be difficult for Costa to put his name up in lights against a quality Man City side, but he contributed well.
This is certainly not the time to bash the Portuguese winner after an amazing result for Leeds, but it’s a fair point that long-term Costa does find himself out of the best XI still.
He’s not quite been able to make the desired impact in the Premier League, something that happened at his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers, so ultimately he’ll need to raise his game to earn more starts.