Danny Mills claims Helder Costa may prove far better value for money in the Premier League if Leeds United achieve promotion this season.
The former Elland Road right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 26-year-old flop could be better suited to the Premier League with players afforded more time on the ball.
Costa is currently on a season-long loan deal with the Whites from Premier League high-flyers Wolverhampton Wanderers.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, the winger is set to sign permanently this summer with all of the paperwork approved ahead of a £15million move to be spread across four payments.
When asked whether the money would be better spent elsewhere, Mills told Football Insider: “It is tricky. A little bit too expensive but I am not sure who you can get in better for £5million less.
“Do you spend £10million on somebody who does not know the club? That is a risk. He knows the club and that is a big advantage.
“The Premier League is different to the Championship and some players’ styles are more suited. You get a little bit more time on the ball in the Premier League sometimes. It is not as physical or robust.
“Some players are better in the Premier League than they are in the Championship.”
Costa has featured 40 times for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, having scored four goals and provided 5 assists from the right-hand side of the attack.
United currently sit top of Championship and in pole position to gain promotion with all fixtures currently suspended due to the outbreak of coronavirus.