Noel Whelan has claimed Helder Costa is “skating on thin ice” at Leeds United after failing to make the most of three consecutive starts.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United forward explained how he had expected far more from the headline summer signing.
Costa was a second-half substitute for the opening eight Championship matches of the season before an injury to Pablo Hernandez gave him a chance.
The Portugese, 25, delivered a reasonable display in the 1-0 win over West Brom last week but Whelan felt he went missing in the away-day defeats to Millwall and Charlton Athletic.
“Costa is skating on thin ice,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s had one decent game and two poor ones. Away from home, he hasn’t turned up.
“It wasn’t the Helder Costa we have seen from the bench. He needs to think during the international break how he is going to make his game more consistent, and how he can shine away from home.
“If he doesn’t sort it out, he will quickly find himself back on the bench.
“After his performance against Millwall, I would expect Pablo Hernandez to come back into the team instead of him after the international break.”
Costa joined Leeds from Wolves in the summer on an initial loan that will be converted into a £15million permanent transfer next summer.
In 13 appearances for the Yorkshire giants, the winger has scored one goal and supplied three assists.
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