By Noel Whelan

25th Oct, 2019 | 1:02pm

Exclusive: Noel Whelan rips into 'Very poor' Leeds player who's left him 'Deflated'

Noel Whelan has ripped into the performances of Leeds United winger Helder Costa after coming into the starting XI under Marcelo Bielsa.

The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Portuguese winger is a long way off the expected standards this season and that he needs to improve significantly if he wants to stay in the side.

Costa has played in every one of the club’s Championship fixtures this season but only came into the starting XI in place of the injured Pablo Hernandez, with five successive starts under his belt.

Whelan says that he is bitterly disappointed that the summer arrival is yet to live up to expectation and that he has got to show a marked improvement to avoid being axed for Hernandez when he returns to fitness.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I’ve seen Helder Costa four or five times now. He’s had one game out of four, he’s not done enough, he’s not taken Pablo Hernandez’s place while he’s been out injured. 

“Pablo goes straight back in. He’s not shown in four games he’s worth £15million and is going to be a difference. He was our marquee signing at the start of the season, everyone was excited, tell you what I’ve been deflated when I’ve seen him play at times.

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“I expected so much more, they hype has been huge, the delivery has been very poor from him.” 

Costa has not scored once in the Championship since moving to Elland Road, while he has just one assist under his belt in his league appearance.

He totals 84 games in the second-tier after his time at Wolves, scoring 15 goals and contributing the same amount of assists.

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent suggests that Premier League sides are lining up to sign one player from Elland Road in January.