Leeds United holding Helder Costa back makes sense

Leeds have not selected Helder Costa to start any of the club's opening games.

Leeds United's Helder Costa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United at DW Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Wigan, England.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has been reluctant to pick Helder Costa this season.

Costa has not started a single Championship game out of Leeds' opening five, instead coming off the bench.

Leeds have committed to pay £15 million to sign Costa at the end of the season, BBC Sport report.

 

So on the face of it, its a little strange Leeds are not using him as a starter. He has played just 73 minutes of Championship football this season.

Marcelo Bielsa of course knows more than us, and there is method to his decision making.

It would seem Bielsa is planning to hold back Costa until Leeds really need him.

Helder Costa of Leeds United  during the Carabao Cup match between Salford City and Leeds United at Moor Lane, Salford on Tuesday 13th August 2019.

The Championship season is a gruelling schedule, and one of the criticisms of Leeds' squad is that the Whites lack strength in depth.

One way to address this for Leeds, is to not throw in all their chips straight away.

Leeds are doing well enough, with 13 points from a possible 15.

Bielsa's side fell apart at the end of last season and injuries were a part of that.

Kemar Roofe missed key time, while Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski were among those to miss the play-offs.

Why risk Costa now if Leeds are winning games with him on the bench?

Costa will have a huge role to play for Leeds. Bielsa holding him back could be a masterstroke.

 

Helder Costa of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on August 10, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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