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.

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“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.

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