Darren Bent has admitted he was stunned by Helder Costa’s move from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Leeds United this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker revealed he thought the Portuguese international would thrive in the Premier League at Molineux after the club’s promotion back to the top flight.
Leeds confirmed earlier this summer that Costa would be joining them on an initial loan deal before his move turned permanent in a year’s time.
Bent insisted that Costa would be a brilliant addition to the squad at Elland Road and admitted he was taken aback when he saw Marcelo Bielsa had managed to secure his capture.
“I don’t believe it. I don’t get it, because he was another player for Wolves that really impressed me a lot,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I thought he would be really comfortable in the Premier League but for whatever reason, he’s gone to Leeds. I think that’s a great signing because I really rate him. I think he’s brilliant, plays on the right side, left-footed, could go either way.
“One thing about Leeds were that they were short on numbers. For them to get someone like him in the door, that’s brilliant.”
Costa struggled to make a mark in the top flight last season, with one goal and two assists coming in 25 Premier League appearances, of which only six came after the turn of the year.
He joins the likes of Jack Harrison, Pablo Hernandez and Jack Clarke in filling the options out wide for Bielsa, the two Englishmen also signing on loan for next season.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has blasted the board for the loss of a “massive tradition” at Elland Road.