Date: 29th January 2020 at 5:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Lots of Leeds United fans have been lauding Helder Costa on social media, for the way he was able to turn his game around following an ‘invisible’ first half against Millwall on Tuesday night.

Boss Marcelo Bielsa fielded the Portuguese winger in the opening line-up as he welcomed Gary Rowett’s Lions to Elland Road, with Costa starting his 19th Championship fixture since joining the club on a £15million loan-to-buy deal last summer.

The 26-year-old has now started our last eleven second-tier matches from a right-sided role, though Bielsa would likely have been questioning the one-time international’s place at the break.

As Millwall returned to the dressing rooms holding a 2-0 lead following a torrid opening spell by United, Costa had managed to record 30 touches of the ball, with which he completed 15 of his 19 passes, four of five dribbles, played one key ball and struck one of his two shots on target, per WhoScored data.

Despite only trying his luck once in the second period and seeing his on-target effort saved by Bartosz Bialkowski, lots of supporters were more impressed by Costa’s display after the break.

Is Costa proving to be worth the £15m obligation-to-buy fee?

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Along with his sole shot, Costa managed a 95% pass accuracy rating in the second half with 18 of his 19 passes finding teammate, one being a key ball and took 28 touches. However, he did not register any successful dribbles having attempted two, lost his only aerial duel and was dispossessed for the first time in the match.

What stood out for many, though, was the confidence Costa was able to gain from Leeds being on the front foot as we fought back to win 3-2, having shied away into his shell while Millwall took control of proceedings.

Here are some of the messages shared…

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