Jermaine Beckford has praised the qualities that Helder Costa possesses, stating that he wants to see more of the Leeds United winger in the starting line-up.
Leeds made a bold statement in the summer by bringing Costa on board from Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the Portuguese winger reportedly set to cost the Whites £15m when they make his loan permanent at the end of this season.
Nevertheless, Marcelo Bielsa has held Costa back in the Championship so far, with the 25-year-old making six appearances from the bench, which have resulted in one assist.
And, for Beckford, he is hoping to see more of the former Benfica man, but admitted that we don’t see what Bielsa will on a daily basis in training.
“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,” Beckford told Football League World in an exclusive interview with Chief Editor, Sam Rourke. “But, we don’t see what he does on a day-to-day basis.
“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 started both Leeds’ fixtures in the League Cup, laying on two assists in the 3-0 victory over Salford City, before opening his goalscoring account in the defeat to Stoke City in the second-round.
The Portuguese will be pushing for his first start of the season this weekend when Leeds travel to Barnsley.
Leeds are looking to get back to winning ways after that League Cup defeat to Stoke was followed up by a 1-0 loss to Swansea City on the eve of the international break.