Leeds United

Danny Mills has claimed Helder Costa is running out of time to salvage his Leeds United career after a run of poor performances.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender admitted he has been disappointed with the winger who has not stepped up in the absence of Raphinha.

Costa was handed a run of three consecutive Premier League starts prior to their visit to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Leeds United winger Helder Costa

He only completed 90 minutes in one of those games and was brought off with an injury against Manchester United last weekend.

That was enough to see him miss the trip to the Amex, as confirmed by Marcelo Bielsa to Amazon, via Leeds Live, ahead of the game.

“I don’t think Helder Costa has really hit the heights for Leeds,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“There’s been the odd performance, maybe for a half or three-quarters of a game but I don’t think we’ve seen the sort of performances we’ve expected for three, four, five-game runs.

“Definitely, it’s now or never.

“When you’ve got good players in front of you, you don’t get many opportunities. When you get those opportunities you’ve got to make sure you take it.”

Costa signed for Leeds, initially on loan, from Wolves in the summer of 2019 before the deal was made permanent for a £15million fee last July.

The 27-year-old has scored seven goals and provided 11 assists in 69 games across all competitions for the Yorkshire giants.

In other news, Noel Whelan has been left in awe of a “phenomenal” 21-year-old Marcelo Bielsa was “wrong” about at Leeds United.