Brendan Rodgers has been quoted by the Mercury as stating that Leicester rookie Luke Thomas got the better of experienced Leeds United winger Helder Costa on Monday night – as the Foxes earned a 4-1 win at Elland Road.
Costa, 26, has been in decent form since Leeds gained promotion to the Premier League. The ex-Wolves man has had a hand in four goals during Leeds’ seven Premier League games, scoring two and creating two more.
An expensive signing at £16million (BBC) and earning one of the club’s bigger contracts at £32,500 a week (Spotrac) – Costa has shown that the money is being well spent. But on Monday, he was much quieter than normal, as Leeds struggled.
Thomas, meanwhile, had only made five first-team appearances for Leicester before Monday – but the left-footer kept Costa under wraps. Rodgers labelled Costa as “dynamic”, but applauded his teenager for keeping the Portuguese ace controlled.
“Luke Thomas was outstanding playing against Costa, who’s really dynamic but he controlled him really well,” Rodgers said, after watching his side cruise to a 4-1 win ove Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds despite being away from home.
Leeds were without numerous first-team players due to injury, including Diego Llorente, Raphinha, Rodrigo and Kalvin Phillips. The loss sees Leeds sit in 12th place – with 10 points from seven league games.
Bielsa now has a tricky decision to make ahead of Friday’s clash against Palace – stick with Costa on the right flank in front of Luke Ayling or hand summer signing Raphinha his first start for the Yorkshire outfit.