Former Leeds United player and now BBC Match Day pundit, Noel Whelan, hasn’t been shy about coming forward with his thoughts on former Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Helder Costa.
Speaking ahead of last weekend’s clash with Queens Park Rangers, Whelan stated his belief that manager Marcelo Bielsa would immediately bring Pablo Hernandez back into the side in place of him given a string of poorer performances, but as fans know, our Argentine gaffer had Pablo on the bench and Costa go the start.
With mixed performances from the 25-year-old and Bielsa already saying the role he asks Costa to play doesn’t naturally suit his strengths, Whelan is again looking at the fact he’s only contributed one goal and one assist, and that is poor given the performances we saw from him previously at this level.
“We saw it in the cup games, we saw it in maybe one Championship game but that’s it, flashes. He needs to be more consistent over 90 minutes and he looks a little bit lost out there at times. He’s not that player that’s gliding past defenders, giving them a torrid time over 90 minutes, taking the game by the scruff of the neck. A player of that sort of quality and of that sort of hype should be an absolute standout. He’s just kind of drifting through games. He’s been shocking at times and non-existent in games.”
With plenty of positives to take from last weekend’s clash as we temporarily returned to the top of the table, hopefully, we’ll see far better from him in the near future, but with Hernandez returning to fitness it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return to the bench and become more of an impact player again.