Whelan: Leeds tipped to bin Costa this summer after £10m overpayment
Leeds United could sell Helder Costa and replace him with another winger this summer after “overpaying” by £10million to land him, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he does not think Marcelo Bielsa trusts the 27-year-old after a dramatic fall down the first-team pecking order.
Costa, who cost the Whites a reported £16million last summer, kicked off the season as a senior mainstay but has not started a league game since November.
He scored his first goal since the second week of the season in the 4-2 defeat to Arsenal on Monday, having come off the bench at half-time.
The Daily Star claim Leeds are among several Premier League clubs in the hunt to sign Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard this summer after the 20-year-old’s impressive breakout season in Italy.
Despite already having the likes of Jack Harrison, Raphinha, Pablo Hernandez and Ian Poveda on the books, Whelan believes the Whites may look to replace Costa after his ineffectual performances.
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Asked if he could see Leeds signing another winger this summer, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, because we love a winger, it’s all we sign!
“On one hand I say no, on the other hand, I look at Costa and see nothing coming from him so on that front, yeah, because I’m not sure you know how useful Costa is going to be.
“It seems like a bit of a waste of money right now from what we put into him and what we’re getting out of him. I don’t think anyone’s really trusting him, even for the short amount of time he comes on the field, he’s not shown enough and could be sold, in my opinion.
“I always worry why Premier League outfits let go of players because they can’t cut it in the Premier League. So, again, it’s down to players, it’s down to them to produce.
“You can only make whatever you’ve got at your disposal work and it’s down to attitude and it’s about quality. Right now, £16million pounds is about £10million too much. We overpaid for him.”
In other news, Leeds United are lining up four blockbuster summer signings, Football Insider has been told by ex.