By Darren Bent

5th Mar, 2020 | 7:30am

'Leeds is perfect for him' - Exclusive: Bent verdict on 26yo signing in summer for 8-figure fee

Darren Bent claims that Leeds United is the “perfect” club for Helder Costa ahead of his permanent transfer this summer.

The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the Portuguese winger had a tough start at Elland Road but he has shown his talent in recent weeks.

The 26-year-old signed on loan for Marcelo Bielsa’s men from Wolves last summer, with the club confirming it would become a permanent deal at the end of the season.

The fee will be around £15million to convert the winger’s deal into a full-time move.

Bent says that the Portuguese star has started to show signs of what he is capable of, highlighting how he “tortured” Middlesbrough defender George Friend recently.

“I think he’s been getting better, at the start of the season he didn’t really get a run in the team, it was tough for him,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“He is getting a little bit better, I watched him against Middlesbrough and I thought he absolutely tortured that George Friend, tortured him to the point where they had to take him off.

“We all know the ability’s there. He’s not going to go back to Wolves and get in their team so I think Leeds is perfect for him. Bielsa likes him, he’s been getting more and more game time.

“In this short part of the season that’s left, if he can turn himself into a hero, play all these games and play really well, I’m Leeds will have no qualms about signing him.” 

Costa has a total of 39 appearances, four goals and five assists under his belt for Leeds so far, with 26 starts in the Championship.

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