Paul Lambert's 2017 comments may explain why Leeds reportedly want Helder Costa

Paul Lambert, Manager of Wolves during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Griffin Park on March 14, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Leeds United reportedly want to bring Helder Costa to Elland Road on loan from Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Helder Costa of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux on April 28, 2018 in...

A jet-heeled winger with bags of tricks, explosive finishing ability and a Championship winners’ medal on his CV; there are plenty of reasons why Leeds United want to sign Helder Costa.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have set their sights on landing the £13 million Portugal international on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers as they look to build a squad capable of fighting for the title after the excruciating near miss of 2018/19.


While Costa struggled for game time in the Premier League under Nuno Espirito Santo, his outstanding performances in the second tier suggests that he could stroll into Leeds’ starting XI with minimal fuss.

In 51 Championship starts, the Angolan-born speed machine produced 15 goals and 14 assists.

Wander Helder Costa of Wolves (L) attempts to take it past Pedro of Chelsea (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on...

“Once Costa’s got the ball in the box then he can make you look silly and that’s what he did. The third goal was just an absolutely world-class goal,” former Wolves boss Paul Lambert told the club’s official website after the 25-year-old ripped Cardiff City to shred in April 2017.

On his day, Costa is capable of producing spectacular out of very little, turning defeats into draws and draws into wins.

On paper, he would offer far more than the hard-working yet limited Jack Harrison while the prospect of a forward line containing Costa, Kemar Roofe and Jack Clarke should get supporters drooling.

Helder Costa (C) of Wolverhampton Wanderers competes for the ball against Ben Woodburn (L) and Ovie Ejaria (R) of Liverpool in action during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between...

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