'Bielsa Doesn't Mess About' - Exclusive: Leeds tipped to bin 2020 signing in Jan by Phillips
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa may sanction the sale of Helder Costa in January if a suitable offer arrives.
That is according to 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 26-year-old’s future at Elland Road.
He was an unused substitute in yesterday’s 6-2 loss at Manchester United just days after he was dropped from the matchday squad that beat Newcastle United.
The £16million signing has fallen down the pecking order at Elland Road since the arrival of Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes on deadline-day.
Costa‘s 10 appearances this season have yielded one goal and two assists but he has not been directly involved with a goal since October.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the attacker’s situation at Leeds, Phillips said: “It is a big statement that he has not featured in the last two games.
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“It suggests to me that come January, if there is an offer, Bielsa may look at it.
“Bielsa is a no nonsense guy. He does not mess about so I would be interested to see how that unfolds in January.”
Costa moved to Leeds on an initial season-long loan deal from Wolves at the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign.
The Yorkshire giants secured the winger’s services on a permanent basis in July, shortly before their return to the Premier League was confirmed.