Summer sorrow: Leeds signing may have just blown his last chance under Marcelo Bielsa – opinion

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Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship table on Saturday afternoon following a convincing 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

The Whites cruised to the win thanks to goals from Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison as they regained control of the division in West Bromwich Albion’s absence – they play on Monday night.

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But aside from all the positives, one man amongst the starting line up may have just blown his final chance to impress manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Helder Costa, who was starting his seventh straight game, failed to catch the eye despite his side picking up all three points at Elland Road.

Per SofaScore, the 25-year-old failed to register an accurate cross, a single key pass, or even a successful dribble. While he also managed just one attempt at goal, which was blocked by a visiting defender.

He was replaced on the 77th minute by Pablo Hernandez, who was making a long-awaited comeback from injury – meaning that Costa’s days could be numbered amongst the starting XI as the influential Spaniard is back in the mix.

The 34-year-old has been absent since a 1-1 draw with Derby County back at the end of September, so the Wolves loanee has been deputising in the meantime.

But after this latest performance, it is unlikely that he will keep his place under Bielsa as he was one of the only negatives from Saturday’s win.

The midfielder’s loan will be made permanent for nearly £15m at the end of the season, which is already looking like a major mistake if this showing is anything to go by.

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Supporters in west Yorkshire have been long against Costa, he was slammed for his role in their draw over Preston North End, and then even despite defeating Birmingham, he still came in for a lot of flak.

Hernandez has scored two and assisted two in nine appearances this term while Costa has failed to notch either during his absence.

For the next few games, at least, it may be a return to the substitutes bench following a far from inspiring display against the Rs.

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