Having narrowly missed out on promotion from the Championship last month, it is not at all surprising that Marcelo Bielsa is looking to bolster his Leeds United squad this summer by targeting a move for one of the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ most exciting players.
According to BBC Sport, the Argentine is reportedly interested in signing Helder Costa on a season-long deal with Financial Fair Play constraints effectively ruling out the possibility of a permanent switch.
If the Whites can indeed secure the services of the Portuguese winger, it could turn out to be a masterstroke as he has all the ingredients needed to set the second tier alight during the 2019/20 campaign.
Although Costa’s arrival may not necessarily lead to Bielsa altering Leeds’ preferred formation, it will be intriguing to see just how side line up in August.
Keeping this in mind, here are three ways that we think the Whites’ attack could look with the 25-year-old in the side…
Costa on the left, Roofe through the middle
With Jack Harrison returning to Manchester City following Leeds’ play-off heartbreak in May, the left-hand side of midfield is very much up for grabs next season and so it wouldn’t that much of a shock if Costa ends up occupying this position if he joins.
Naturally left-footed, the former Benfica star could save himself the trouble of having to continuously cut in in order to provide a cross for his team-mates by playing in this particular role.
As a result of this formation, Kemar Roofe will be allowed to directly focus on leading the line instead of drifting wide, a habit which he did display occasionally last season.
Hernandez in the hole, Costa on the right
Having spent most of his career on the right, Costa will be aiming to continue this trend at Leeds if does indeed move to Elland Road.
However, by fielding him there, Bielsa will have to find another way of getting Pablo Hernandez into the starting eleven as he predominately played as a winger during the 2018/19 campaign.
Whereas the Spaniard may not be entirely suited to the left, there is no reason why he cannot thrive in the hole just behind Roofe as it will give him the opportunity to dictate the tempo of the game which is vital when it comes to achieving success in the Championship.
Alioski on the left, Costa in the centre
Despite Costa being a winger by trade, he could be used as a central attacking midfielder next season by Bielsa in order to accommodate Ezgjan Alioski on the left and Hernandez on the right.
Although this would be somewhat of a risk to take given his lack of experience in this role, when you consider that the Leeds boss has been able to successfully convert the likes of Tyler Roberts and Stuart Dallas into new positions in recent months, he will be confident of being able to do the same with Costa.