Danny Mills has tipped Helder Costa to be used at centre-forward by Leeds United as they close in on a “special signing”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United and England defender hailed the one-time Portugal international as a player capable of making a huge impact at Elland Road next season.
As revealed by Football Insider, Costa, 25, is set to be the headline arrival at Leeds this week as he undergoes a medical and finalises a season-long loan from Premier League outfit Wolves.
The winger has cleared out his locker at the Premier League’s headquarters and said his goodbyes to the Wolves players after three years at the club.
“It’s very exciting for Leeds,” Mills told Football Insider. “He has the ‘wow’ factor. He’s a very good forward and will provide something special up front. That’s exactly what they need.
“It didn’t quite happen for Patrick Bamford last season and Kemar Roofe did a decent job. Helder Costa is a forward who is more reliable and dangerous than both of them.
“You can play him in many different positions in attack, and I can see him being used as striker. You could play a 4-4-2 with Roofe and Costa up front, and neither of them as an out-and-out spearhead. He gives Leeds options.
“He has played at big clubs in front of big crowds. He has experience of the Championship. Everything he has got is impressive and he can make other players better.”
Costa is poised to follow fellow loanees Jack Harrison and Ben White in moving to Leeds from a Premier League club this week in a blizzard of new arrivals.
Winger Harrison has re-signed from Manchester City for a second campaign, while centre-back White has moved to Elland Road from Brighton.
Costa is also set to join on a season-long loan, with Football Insider told the deal will include an obligation to buy should Leeds secure promotion next season.