Kevin Phillips insisted that Helder Costa has got to improve to justify his price tag after Leeds United completed his signing on a permanent basis.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed there will be “big pressure” on the 26-year-old’s shoulders if promoted.

The club confirmed the permanent capture of the winger from Wolves for £16million after an initial season-long loan costing around £2m.

Costa, who put pen to paper on a four-year deal on Tuesday, scored in Leeds’ 5-0 thumping of Stoke City.

He was joined by Mateusz Klich, Liam Cooper, Pablo Hernandez and Patrick Bamford on the scoresheet as the Whites returned to the summit of the Championship.

When asked by Football Insider if the deal represented value for money, Phillips said:

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“Only time will tell if he is worth the money.

“If they get promoted and he lights up the Premier League it is fantastic business.

“It took a while for him to get going at Leeds but he has come good of late.

“For me he is certainly going to have to up his game to perform in the Premier League. He struggled at Wolves so there will be big pressure for him but as I say, if he does, £16million is nothing.”

 

This season the winger’s 44 appearances across all competitions have yielded five goals and seven assists.

Costa already has 25 Premier League appearances to his name from his time at Wolves and scored once.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider club should use potential £18million cash injection to sign Ben White.

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