'Shocking' - Exclusive: Whelan blasts 'Non-existent' Leeds player who started v QPR

Noel Whelan has blasted Leeds United winger Helder Costa for his “shocking” performances in recent weeks.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and lifelong supporter of the club says that the Portuguese wide-man has shown a worrying lack of consistency for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Costa, who started Saturday’s 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, has not scored for Leeds in the Championship yet, while he has just one league assist under his belt since his loan-to-buy move from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Whelan says that a player of Costa’s supposed quality should be causing defenders problems on a regular basis and that he is not living up to expectation at Elland Road.

Whelan told Football Insider: “We saw it in the cup games, we saw it in maybe one Championship game but that’s it, flashes. He needs to be more consistent over 90 minutes and he looks a little bit lost out there at times.

“He’s not that player that’s gliding past defenders, giving them a torrid time over 90 minutes, taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

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“A player of that sort of quality and of that sort of hype should be an absolute standout. He’s just kind of drifting through games. He’s been shocking at times and non-existent in games.” 

Costa has played in every single one of Leeds’ Championship fixtures this season, originally featuring as a regular substitute before taking Pablo Hernandez’s place in the starting XI following an injury blow for the Spaniard.

Leeds’ victory over QPR put the Whites to the top of the table, knowing a win for Preston North End or West Brom, on Sunday or Monday respectively, could see them slip to second.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills claims that a number of Whites players are under serious pressure after one sighting on Saturday.