Noel Whelan has claimed Helder Costa is proving poor value for his massive Leeds United transfer fee.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker insisted Wolves have comfortably had the better of the £15million loan-to-buy deal that took the winger to Elland Road in the summer.

Leeds announced in early July they had finalised the signing of Costa on an initial loan that will become permanent next summer and he had penned a four-year contract.

However the headline signing, comfortably Leeds’ most expensive purchase since their Premier League days at the start of the century, is struggling to make an impact.

“He’s not an influential player in my opinion,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He has had opportunities to claim Pablo Hernandez’s position on the right flank but he hasn’t taken them.

“He had two good games out of seven while Pablo was out. He didn’t stand out.

“The decision to bring Pablo back into the side instead of Costa was the right one. He is so much more influential than Costa.

“He’s been okay when he’s come on in the last few games, but no great shakes.

“This is a £15million player we’re talking about. It seems there is an obligation to buy him next summer. £15m could have been better spent elsewhere. Wolves have got the better of that deal.”

Costa was axed from the side in favour of Pablo Hernandez last weekend and has started just eight of the club’s 18 Championship matches this season.

He came off the bench to set up the winning goal for Jack Harrison in last night’s 1-0 win at Reading, but this was just his second assist in the league this season.

The Portugal international has yet to score a league goal for Leeds, with his only goal for the club coming in the League Cup in August.

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