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Leeds United Loanee Set For A Return This Summer: What Should Be Marsch’s Play?

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In a recent report, Super Deporte mentioned that Leeds United loanee Helder Costa is set for a return to Elland Road this summer. It has been mentioned that Valencia are not planning to keep the Angolan wide player which could see him return to the Whites in this off-season.

Costa’s Unimpressive Loan Spell At Valencia

Costa has experienced an underwhelming loan spell at the Mestalla Stadium so far as he has struggled to be consistent with his end-product in Spanish football. The former Benfica youth player is yet to score this season but has picked up two assists in 29 matches across all competitions.

The 28-year-old has failed to be productive with his performances based on his average of 0.4 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has also been a bit untidy with his ball distribution after making 70.8% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Valencia’s Angolan midfielder Helder Costa (L) fights for the ball with Granada’s Spanish defender Quini during the Spanish league football match between Valencia CF and Granada FC at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on March 5, 2022. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP) (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Costa Set For A Return To Leeds United: What Should Be Jesse Marsch’s Play?

Costa can use his quickness to make some decent runs with the ball out on the flanks. He can even create a few good chances for others around him when he is playing well on the field. Costa usually operates on the right wing but can even fill in as a left-sided wide player if needed.

However, the goals seem to have dried up for the Angolan international. Thus, it is no surprise that Valencia are not planning to keep hold of him beyond this summer.

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch would be wise to cash in on Costa when he returns from his loan spell at Spain. He is clearly not good enough to be a consistent performer at the highest level and has so far failed to impress during his time at the Yorkshire club.

Costa has still got just over two years left to run in his contract at Elland Road. With all things considered, Marsch would be wise to part ways with the player when the transfer window commences later this year and use the money generated from his potential sale to strengthen other areas of his squad.

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