Helder Costa has yet to feature regularly for Valencia, because his manager Jose Bordalas feels he is not yet ready to do so.
That’s according to a report from AS, who have outlined the challenges that Costa is facing during the early part of his time in Spain.
After Leeds completed the deadline day signing of Daniel James from Manchester United this summer, Costa was allowed to leave the club to ensure he continues to play regular football.
That saw the winger join Valencia on a season-long loan, with the club holding the option to make that move permanent. Reports have suggested that it would cost Valencia somewhere in the region of EUR10million to do that.
So far however, Costa has made just one substitute appearance for the La Liga side, being forced to settle for an unused substitute role in their other two games since his arrival.
Now it seems as though that is down to the early impressions Valencia manager Bordalas has of the 27-year-old.
According to this latest update, Bordalas believes that Costa has a long way to go to adapt to surroundings and tactics at Valencia, and is therefore not in a position to contribute to his side at this moment in time.
As a result it seems it could be some time yet before Costa is able to force his way into the side, and convince Valencia to make his deal permanent.
This doesn’t exactly make for promising reading from a Leeds point of view.
Given the options they have out wide with the likes of Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Dan James, as well as Costa’s struggle to really make an impact at Elland Road, it is hard to see him really having a future at the club.
As a result, you imagine they would want to move him on permanently next summer if possible, and that financial windfall they could receive from Valencia for his sale would certainly help Leeds in the market themselves.
However, if Costa is not impressing at Valencia right now, as seems to be the case, it is hard to see them being willing to pay that sort of money for him at this moment in time.