Noel Whelan has tipped Helder Costa to replace Jack Harrison in the Leeds United starting XI against Manchester City.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Saturday could be the Portuguese winger’s last chance to impress.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Marcelo Bielsa suggested Costa or Ezgjan Alioski could replace Harrison, who is ineligible against his parent club.
“The wingers that make up our squad apart from Harrison, Helder Costa and Alioski, they will play this position in a different manner and they have different strengths to show what they can do." #lufc https://t.co/mTrt3Zrm13
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Costa, 27, has started 10 times in the Premier League, but only twice since November.
Meanwhile, Alioski has been playing as a left-back for Bielsa in recent weeks.
Whelan admitted Costa had a massive point to prove if given the nod.
He suggested the Portugal international’s electric pace could give Manchester City a headache.
“I would like to see Helder Costa given a go, I really would,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“Give him a crack at Man City, let’s see what he’s got because we need to test them going forward as well. He’s got plenty of pace to do that.
“I think the only person with that amount of pace that can trouble Kyle Walker is Helder Costa. It’s an opportunity where some players haven’t really taken it when given it, hence why I want Helder Costa to step into this role.
“Try and claim it with a good performance. Maybe change the way a lot of pundits and a lot of fans are thinking right now he’s not good enough for Leeds. Here’s an opportunity for him to go out there and prove that.
“I think when you’re looking at someone who’s cost £17million, I think we need to give him another opportunity.
“He’s got a point to prove and let’s see what he’s got. He’s running out of options and chances. This might be his last one.”