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?