Alan Hutton has ripped into the “attitude” of Helder Costa after Leeds United suffered a shock FA cup defeat to Crawley Town on Sunday.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has admitted it was clear the 27-year-old was not up for the fight as the League Two team stunned Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Three second-half goals were enough to sink what was a relatively strong starting XI from Leeds and end the Whites’ cup hopes at the first hurdle.
Costa came into the side to make his first start since early November but struggled to make any sort of meaningful impact on the game.
Hutton admitted he has been in the Portuguese winger’s shoes before and that the Leeds star’s mentality was all wrong heading into the game.
Asked about Costa’s efforts on Sunday, Hutton told Football Insider: “These games, for me, it’s about attitude, it’s as simple as that. I’ve been there myself.
“If [Costa] goes to these lower league teams and you don’t fancy it or you think: ‘This is going to be easy, I just need to turn up, do a couple tricks, score a goal and it’ll be as easy,’ it’s nowhere near that.
“That’s all it is, it’s attitude. That’s all it comes down to.
“Obviously, the Leeds team are better but you have to match them physically, you have to do everything that they’re doing and then your talent comes through, it’s as simple as that, and they didn’t do that.
“They were okay in the first half, Leeds were alright in the first half, and they probably thought: ‘Right, score a goal second half and we’ll be okay,’ and they just get done, simple as that, Crawley wanted it more.”