‘Selfish’ – Leeds United sent message about Wolves loanee Helder Costa
Marcelo Bielsa has been told to begin starting Helder Costa by former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford.
But he’s yet to make his first Championship start for the Whites, having been restricted to six appearances off the bench.
And Beckford, a popular forward with Leeds fans having scored 85 goals for the club in a four-year spell, reckons it’s about time Bielsa gives Costa the chance to show what he can do by including him regularly from the off.
Acknowledging that it’s down to what Costa does in training, Beckford nevertheless told Football League World : “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. 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, who initially joined Wolves on loan from Benfica in 2016 before signing on a full-time basis, started just one Premier League match under Nuno Espirito Santo in the second half of last season leading to his departure.
But the Portgual international has excelled at Championship level before, having contributed 12 goals and 11 in his debut campaign before scoring five and assisting six in the promotion season.
He opened his account for Leeds with a goal in their Carabao Cup clash against Stoke City in August, which Bielsa’s side lost on penalties.