Costa tipped to push for Leeds exit as 'he won't do hard yards'

Helder Costa may look to quit Leeds United as a result of Marcelo Bielsa’s demands, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Aston Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 27-year-old was not willing to put in the “hard yards” asked by the Argentine boss.

As confirmed by Bielsa last week, the winger will miss the final games of the season after picking up a back injury.

Costa kicked off the season as a regular in the starting XI but tumbled down the pecking order as the campaign progressed.

Football Insider revealed in March Leeds are willing to listen to offers for him in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Hutton suggested the Portugal international could push for a move this summer in pursuit of regular action.

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Asked if Costa may have played his last game for Leeds, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Possibly. It’s difficult for a winger to really take on board what Bielsa wants in a way.

“You know what wingers can be like, they can switch off, they don’t want to do the hard yards. He wants them to do that but also be an attacking threat. You need a certain player to be able to do that.

“It’s not easy to run like that for 90 minutes. Maybe he just doesn’t suit that style of football. I think that’s maybe what it comes down to. He is a good player but Bielsa asks a lot from his players, defensively and offensively.

“Maybe that’s where it’s just not quite worked out. He’s picked up some injuries, probably due to the intensity of it.

“I think he’s a good squad player but I don’t think he’s going to be that guy who is going to play week in, week out. It’s really going to come down to him whether he fancies that or he wants a move somewhere else to play more regularly.” 

Costa has started 13 times in 22 league appearances for Leeds this season.

He has a total of 69 appearances under his belt for the Whites.

In other news, Leeds United are confident Bielsa’s top target can be signed for just £30million after early talks.