Costa off to Spain?

16 Jul 2021 07:48 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Friday 16th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Costa off to Spain?

In his first article back since successfully undergoing brain surgery, Phil Hay has disclosed that Leeds winger Helder Costa has been linked to several La Liga clubs including Valencia this Summer. The 27 year old cost the Whites £16m during their promotion winning season, though the one time capped Portuguese International has failed to live up to his price tag. Whilst we see glimpses of brilliance, he has been unable to replicate the kind of form he showed for Wolves!

How much of a loss can Leeds afford to take on Costa? Could he still do a job at Leeds, or are his days at Elland Road numbered? Over his 69 appearances, he has netted eight times and supplied 11 assists. According to the former chief football writer for the YEP, Hay said...

Links to Club Brugge’s Noa Lang - a creative and prolific presence in Belgium’s top flight - are genuine, although Leeds have not tabled any offers for the Holland Under-21 international as yet. The arrival of another winger, on the back of Jack Harrison’s permanent £11 million move from Manchester City, would raise questions about the future of Helder Costa, someone who was in and out of Bielsa’s line-up last season.

Sources in Spain have told The Athletic that La Liga clubs are monitoring Costa, Valencia included. Again, no formal bids have been received.




Do Leeds need to sign another midfielder

It would be fair to say there were stages last season where Leeds struggled in the middle of the park. Klich picked up and played on with a hip injury and was running on fumes at some stages of the season, Rodrigo's form was inconsistent and Roberts had more average days than good. Toward the end of the season both Rodrigo and Roberts found good form, and Dallas, deputising for Klich was having the season of his life.

Assuming Klich's batteries are fully recharged, Rodrigo / Roberts continue to find their feet, and Dallas can continue where he left off, do Leeds need another midfielder? Forshaw is on the comeback trail, and reports from Thorp Arch suggests an improvement in Shackleton's play.





Transfer fees for Leeds current squad

Our friends at Lufcdata have provided an entire list of the Leeds roster, and how much each individual player has cost. Bearing this in mind, how do you think Leeds have done in the transfer market?




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danhirons wrote on 19 Jul 2021 07:15 am

Cjay wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:58 am Hi Dan
Id like to see more quality in the matchday 18 .

At times, well all season really our bench was frankly s**t. When you are sending on players like Costa and Roberts to try and change a game then you have a problem at this level.
Imo individually we lack elite Premier league quality overall in the squad bar a few.

We have always been more about the collective than the individual but at the top level you need those individuals to progress more than at lesser levels.

Raph is the benchmark, had hoped to see him joined in the first 11 by 3 or 4 more of his level.

As you say, MB doesn't rotate but cream rises to the top. Costa was a mainstay until Raph established himself.

This season id hope to se 3 or 4 of the old guard give our squad depth whilst new quality arrives in the 1st 11.
Good points - fingers crossed over the next few weeks we see a few more top quality new arrivals!

White Riot wrote on 17 Jul 2021 10:21 am

Costa has a one way ticket to the Costa Del Wolves Rejects where he will link up with his old pal Barry Douglas, to be joined later by Adama Traore at a date tbc ;-)

Bon voyage lads :lol:

Cjay wrote on 17 Jul 2021 01:58 am

danhirons wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 11:11 am I'm not too concerned although think we will struggle more this season as teams will have started to work us out.

I think this season is more about consolidating our position than wholesale changes in the squad. Also, when you think about it, who are you going to drop in the starting eleven for new signings?

Meslier - guaranteed starter
LB - we've signed Firpo, job done
CB - we have LLorente, Koch, Coops and Struijk - more than covered
RB - Ayling
CM - Klich, Dallas, Phillips, Rodrigo + Roberts off the bench - you'd say we could do with one more here
Wings - Will be raph and JH, you'd say we could do with another challenger here if Costa goes
Strikers - Paddy + Rodders in reserve

There's not really much space there beyond another cm or cam and a competitive winger for new signings imo. We know Bielsa doesn't really like to rotate so any new signings would likely find themselves on the bench a lot which limits options.

Personally, would like a 10-15 mill winger and 20 mill cam and think we will be sorted.
Hi Dan
Id like to see more quality in the matchday 18 .

At times, well all season really our bench was frankly s**t. When you are sending on players like Costa and Roberts to try and change a game then you have a problem at this level.
Imo individually we lack elite Premier league quality overall in the squad bar a few.

We have always been more about the collective than the individual but at the top level you need those individuals to progress more than at lesser levels.

Raph is the benchmark, had hoped to see him joined in the first 11 by 3 or 4 more of his level.

As you say, MB doesn't rotate but cream rises to the top. Costa was a mainstay until Raph established himself.

This season id hope to se 3 or 4 of the old guard give our squad depth whilst new quality arrives in the 1st 11.

Carrick Dave wrote on 16 Jul 2021 11:14 pm

As I see it, when Rodrigo was playing 10 last year he wasn’t fully fit, hence the failure to shine - this time round, after a full pre-season under Marcelo being schooled in the role, he may prove to be the CAM we’re looking for.

No point spending another £20m on another player while our record signing sits on the bench. What did we buy him for after all?

At the end of the season when fit and a stone lighter he dazzled playing 9/ false 9, giving Marcelo the positional flexibility he values.

Save the dosh, buy a £15-20m winger and let Costa go.

faaip wrote on 16 Jul 2021 05:05 pm

John in Louisiana wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:01 pm Don't know why people are worried about other teams figuring us out. We were better the second half of last year than the first, after we had already played everyone once. Against Aresenal, Leicester, Scum, Man City, Liverpool, and Tottenham the second time around we lost only the once to Arsenal and demolished both Leicester and Spurs.

If we stay healthy, and if we can find a way to fit both Rodrigo and Bamford on the pitch at the same time (two big ifs, admittedly), we will be a force.
Agreed works both ways doesn't it ..we figure out other teams too and in fact we get an advantage there due to manager quality