Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton believes that Helder Costa should be doing more for the Whites after a slightly underwhelming start to life at Elland Road.
The winger joined from Wolves on an initial loan deal but the move will be made permanent in the summer for around £16m, making the Portuguese international one of the most expensive players in the club history.
And, given the expectation that came with Costa’s arrival, Prutton told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the 26-year-old needs to perform at a higher level as he assessed the options that Marcelo Bielsa has out wide.
“If Ian Poveda is going to start then either Jack Harrison or Helder Costa will have to drop out but then you look at how they played on Tuesday. Jack had a real zip about him, he linked up really well with Gjanni Alioski.
“With Costa, we have debated before that for the price tag I personally think he needs to bring more to the table but we know exactly what he is capable of.”
Leeds will look to make it successive home wins when they take on Wigan this afternoon.
It may seem harsh with Leeds flying high in the Championship but the reality is that Costa hasn’t hit the heights that many expected.
Three goals and two assists from 29 league appearances is clearly not good enough, even though he does contribute to the team in other ways.
The arrival of Poveda has increased the competition for places out wide and he knows he has a battle to keep his place in the team.
That’s how it needs to be at any club and Costa will hope to deliver a big performance today against Wigan.
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