Danny Mills has blasted the “unfair” treatment of Leeds United winger Helder Costa at Elland Road after failing to light up the Championship in recent weeks.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the whole of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad should come under criticism for some of their recent results but that it is the new arrivals who are put under the microscope first.
Costa has been a regular in the first-team at Elland Road but has only recently been handed a run of starts in the Championship, the Portuguese wide man taking Pablo Hernandez’s place in the side after the Spaniard’s injury.
The 25-year-old has lost two of the three league games he has started, including Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Millwall, and Mills says that some of the criticism coming his way is unfair considering he is a new arrival at Elland Road.
Mills told Football Insider: “You’re talking about a couple more weeks now, you’re looking to October. These players should be up to full speed by now.
“He’s had a few starts. Sometimes it’s difficult, he’s got a lot of promise but Leeds haven’t been winning games in this process. I think that’s the difference – people tend to look at the new signings, how are they performing?
“Actually, you probably need to look at the whole team, some players who have been there for a while, are absolute regulars who all are not performing up their expectations. The new signings always get the focus first, it’s the way it is but it is a little bit unfair.”
Costa has appeared in every one of Leeds’ 11 Championship games but has only started the last three, while he also lined up for Marcelo Bielsa in the two League Cup matches.
The club’s next league outing sees them take on Birmingham City after the international break, with the Whites sitting fifth in the table.
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