'He's a great player' - Exclusive: McNamara: Bielsa has 'frustrated' 25-yr-old at Leeds


Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has a “frustrated” player in Helder Costa after signing the winger on an initial loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In an exclusive interview with Football Insider, the former Wolves and Celtic man said that Leeds were getting their hands on a brilliant player who will be chomping at the bit to be playing regular football again.

The 25-year-old, whose loan-to-buy move was confirmed on Wednesday, started last season as a regular for Wolves but found game time harder to come by as the campaign went on, managing just six top-flight appearances in 2019.

Suggesting that the Portuguese international is good enough to be playing among the elite of English football, McNamara said that Bielsa has got his hands on a top quality talent desperate to play.

The former Wolves man told Football Insider: “I think he’s been a great player for Wolves. He’s just frustrated and wanting to play and get games. 

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“I think he’s been a really good player for Wolves since he came to the club. Maybe that’s something Wolves are looking at to strengthen. 

“Leeds have signed a Premier League quality player. They’ll be disappointed with not getting promotion last season and they’ll want to go one better with the manager who’s still there. It’s a massive boost the manager’s stayed on.” 

Costa, who permanently signed for Wolves from Benfica after an initial loan spell, has played 71 games in the Championship with 15 goals and 14 assists to his name.

Having helped the Molineux outfit to the second tier title and promotion, he featured 21 times in England’s top flight last season.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that one player is set to leave Elland Road in a matter of days as a fee is almost agreed.