One to Watch: #9) Helder Costa

Newly promoted Leeds United have signed Portuguese midfielder Helder Costa on a permanent deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers following an encouraging loan spell.

£14m is no small sum but aged 26, Costa, who has been capped at various youth levels for Portugal (61 caps!) and scored on his only outing for the full national side, has started to suggest that he could produce the goods at the top level. Costa contributed 4 goals and as many assists in 43 appearances (10 as sub) in The Whites‘ successful Championship campaign, featuring and contributing more regularly as the season progressed.

It all equates to some really encouraging signs as to what Costa, normally employed as a right-winger, can provide in the Premier League. As well as aiming to keep Leeds in the top flight, the Angola born attacker will have one eye on gatecrashing the Portugal squad for Euro 2020… in 2021!

Leeds United have enough about them to suggest that they can perform closer to how promoted Sheffield United did this season rather than how Norwich City performed… or at least somewhere in between, Helder Costa should be pivotal to that.

Disclaimer: My default image for my One to Watch articles, a Manchester United subbuteo figure, didn’t sit very well with a post about a Leeds United player! Having said that, maybe it looks odd when I use it for Atletico Madrid or Sampdoria players, never mind. Anyway, that’s why I went with an image of Leeds United players, though there’s two of them not one… errr, never mind. What happened to the guy on the right’s head… I have no idea!

Published by Planet Paul

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