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‘Something of a problem’ – Leeds United face transfer dilemma in 2022: Our View

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Helder Costa was one of the late casualties in the Leeds United squad back in the summer.

Leeds swooped for Daniel James, allowing Costa to head for the exit door.

Valencia was his destination, but he’s hardly hit the ground running in La Liga.

A report from Super Deporte has, subsequently, suggested that Valencia won’t be looking to make the 27-year-old’s deal permanent.

Kris (FA5) and Toby (Neutral) look ahead to next summer and the dilemma Leeds look set to face with Costa:

For me, the ship might have sailed on him having a long-term future at the club and the fact we shelled out £25million on Dan James is proof of that.

Although, if he uses this loan well and finds electric form in La Liga, then I’m sure the club will be weighing up whether he might be worth keeping around.

At the moment, we’ve got three senior wingers trying to fit into two positions, but if the time comes where perhaps Dan James or Raphinha becomes a central player, then we might need more guaranteed wide options.

However, I think Costa will be seeing this season as the opportunity for him to get in the shop window and earn himself a permanent transfer.

He’s certainly a player who still has a lot to offer, but I don’t see him finding a way back at Leeds.

This certainly looks to be something of a problem for Leeds United.

Judging by this latest update coming out of Valencia, it seems they would be unable to afford to sign Costa, even if they wanted to.

As a result, it seems the winger will be back at Elland Road at the end of this season, when given the options that are ahead of him in the pecking order, it is hard to imagine him playing too much.

With that in mind, you would expect Leeds to try and off-load him again next summer, but given he has struggled to really impress during his time at Leeds, it could be hard to convince another team to pay a fee for him that would give Leeds a return on their investment.

You feel, therefore, that another loan deal may be in the offing for the 27-year-old, come this time next year.

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