Under Marcelo Bielsa’s able hand, Leeds United were a side reborn last season. Like a Phoenix from the ashes of mediocrity they arose resplendent.
Finishing off the 2017/18 campaign under Paul Heckingbottom, the Whites limped and lurched to a disappointing 13th place. Under Bielsa, in his first season in English football, the Whites flowed in 3rd place – driven their by a flair brand of attacking football.
Key to that style of football is a reliance on playing the ball out from the back, getting it wide, before bombing on down the wings. After the debacle of the Dan James deal that wasn’t, Leeds United have realised it is an area they need to strengthen in.
That’s why the interest the Whites are accredited with in Helder Costa, currently on the books at Wolves, is key interest this summer. It is a summer that Andrea Radrizzani has already said will include running a ‘difficult’ transfer window – a summer where fans have been forewarned.
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Now, Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay is saying that there’s been a development in the stance that Wolves are taking over Costa. The Black Country club have made the Portuguese winger, once a £13m+ signing, available on the transfer market.
It is a move from Wolves that will spark more than a little excitement amongst interested parties, who Leeds United definitely are one. Hay says that the Whites have identified Costa as their “top target” and May rely on the relationship between his agent, Jorge Mendes, and Andrea Radrizzani to bring a deal over the line.
Dallying should be off the table in this instance. You hear clichéd remarks that Player X would rip up League Y all the time. Yet, in this case it would be true. Helder Costa, in a Leeds United side containing the likes of Jamie Shackleton, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe would be a frightening prospect.