Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa


Helder Costa will be omitted from the Leeds United starting XI for the fourth consecutive Championship match on Wednesday, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed there is no chance of Marcelo Bielsa changing a winning team for the clash against Brentford at Elland Road.

Costa was on the substitute’s bench for the third league match in a row on Saturday as Leeds secured a 2-0 triumph at Wigan Athletic courtesy of a Patrick Bamford double.

The forward has been used as a second-half sub in reach of those games but his only start for Leeds since his £15million loan-to-buy summer move has come in the League Cup against Salford.

Asked if Costa can hope for his first Championship start for his new employers, Whelan told Football Insider, “100 per cent, he won’t play. Costa will be on the bench again and so will [Eddie] Nketiah and [Ezgjan] Alioski.

“For sure, Bielsa will pick the same starting XI for Wednesday. He will never change a winning side unless there is an injury or a suspension.

“It’s very difficult to justify taking players out when you are winning and have started the season so well. That is the way Marcelo Bielsa way.

“Whether he then changes for the weekend remains to be seen. Generally, Bielsa never changes the team too much unless it is a cup match, like the Salford game.”

Costa joined Leeds at the start of July from Wolves but did not join the pre-season tour of Australia as he stayed behind in England to work on his fitness.

The bulk of the starting XI for the opening Championship matches has been taken from those who headed down under and have been deemed more up to speed.

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