Marcelo Bielsa believes Helder Costa is stlll 'adapting' at Leeds United

Leeds United's Helder Costa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road on October 19, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Helder Costa is still trying to find some rhythm at Leeds United.

Leeds United's Helder Costa in action during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Stoke City at Elland Road on August 27, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Marcelo Bielsa has stated that Wolves loanee Helder Costa is still adapting at Leeds United following their goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Costa started the match and was substituted for centre-back Liam Cooper in the second-half, with Bielsa stating that he is unable to match Pablo Hernandez's natural ability to cut inside and make the ball talk.

After finding starts hard to come by at the beginning of the campaign, Costa has now started six league games on the bounce, but he is yet to find a goal in the Championship.

 

After the game against Sheffield Wednesday, Bielsa shared his thoughts on Costa's performance, as he seemingly suggested that his side are missing Hernandez's ability to find a pass from the right flank.

“Today, Helder had two kinds of situations,” Bielsa told Leeds Live. “When he was outside close to the line, especially on the right, and when he went to the middle behind number nine. Pablo also feels this characteristic.

“He can communicate passes in the right and we can add with Helder we have more one v one dribble. The central position in the middle, that is one need in our team, Pablo finds this kind of ball more naturally. Helder is still in an adaptation process. Teams and players need habits you can get from playing.”

Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez takes on Swansea City's Jake Bidwell during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on August 31, 2019 in Leeds,...

Costa is yet to find the form that won him plaudits during his time at Wolves, as he will be hoping to draw on his experience from helping Nuno Espirito Santo's side earn promotion by showcasing that know-how at Elland Road.

He hasn't been at his best yet, but the Leeds fans are being patient with him, as they understand that the performances will start to flood in from the winger when that engine really starts to motor. 

Bielsa is pretty loyal with his players, but if Hernandez does return to the starting XI for the next game then it wouldn't be a surprise if Costa does find himself dropping to the bench, but then again both players are versatile and their manager can use them whichever way he likes across the forward line.

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in...

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch