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Noel Whelan suggests Leeds winger Helder Costa should be dropped next game

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Noel Whelan suggests Leeds winger Helder Costa should be dropped next game

Noel Whelan has suggested that Leeds United should drop Helder Costa from the team after his weekend display.

The Whites struggled to get anywhere near their best on Saturday, as they were beaten 1-0 at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Costa, 27, was drafted into the side for his first start in the league since November.

The Portuguese winger lost his spot in the XI after the opening couple of months of this season and has had to make do with lots of small cameo appearances.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa decided to include him in the side, but he lasted just over an hour before he was replaced by usual starter Jack Harrison.

 

Whelan feels that Costa didn’t do enough to keep his spot in the team for the next game, which is a trip to West Ham on 8 March.

“I think it’s the right choice to give him the opportunity [against Villa], but then the onus is on Costa to take that opportunity and make it count,” Whelan told BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

“Saw a little bit, but nothing there that says to me you keep your place there in the next game. He’s not given Marcelo Bielsa a big enough headache, makes it easy for him to put Harrison back in next game

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TBR’s View:

Costa had a similar problem with former club Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he was excellent in the Championship but not quite at the level required in the Premier League to be a starting player.

The left-footed wide man looks a long way off the level of teammate Raphinha, while Harrison for the majority of this season has impressed on the other flank.

It was a big opportunity missed for Costa against Villa and perhaps he crumbled under the pressure.

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