'£15m is too much for him' - Exclusive: Whelan baffled at Leeds deal spread over 4 payments
Noel Whelan insisted Helder Costa “has not done enough” to warrant Leeds United paying £15million for his services this summer.
The ex-Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Wolves would not have allowed the 26-year-old to leave were he good enough for the Premier League.
Costa is currently on a season-long loan deal at Elland Road from Premier League high-flyers Wolverhampton Wanderers.
As revealed by Football Insider this month, the paperwork has all been approved for Costa to sign permanently and complete a £15m move that will be spread across four payments.
When asked if the former Benfica player had warranted a £15million move, Whelan told Football Insider: “He has not done enough. I have seen glimpses of what he could be but £15million is too much for him right now. It is up to him if he is a £15million player in the future.
“He needs consistency in his performances. This is exactly what happened with Jack Harrison last year.
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“We signed him on a loan deal with a view to a permanent when Wolves were in the Premier League. What does that say? You do not let a good player go when you are in the Premier League. They were willing to let him go when they go gained promotion and it tells a story.
“We need consistency from him.”
Costa has scored four goals and provided five assists in 40 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season.
United are currently top-of-the-table with nine games remaining but all fixtures are currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the world.
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