Noel Whelan has ripped into Leeds United attacker Helder Costa for his “really poor performance” against West Ham on Friday.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said the 26-year-old “offered absolutely nothing” in the second-half at Elland Road.
Costa has lost his place in Marcelo Bielsa’s side to summer signing Raphinha in recent weeks despite a promising start to the season which yielded two goals and two assists in the opening six Premier League fixtures.
The Portuguese winger, who was signed permanently from Wolves in July, was handed a big chance to impress when he replaced Jack Harrison at half-time on Friday.
However, it was ultimately one which he failed to take as Leeds lost 2-1 to David Moyes’s side.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Costa’s performance, Whelan said: “We need much better competition to come from the bench.
“Costa was poor when he came on. He offered absolutely nothing.
“When you are looking to change the dimension of a game you need the players to come on from the bench and improve the team.
“If anything Costa did worse than Harrison, if that is even possible. We have a £15million player there who started the season off really well but was not good enough on Friday.
“If he wants to earn his place back in the starting eleven he needs to take his chance when he is given a 45 minute opportunity in a game.
“He did not do enough, he did nothing when he came on. A really poor performance from Costa.”