On Thursday, it stood clear: Juventus has chosen to activate their clause, claiming Douglas Costa’s future at Allianz Stadium. In the wake of this event, it’s an adequate opportunity to look back at his first year for the Bianconeri.
Douglas Costa, a name which hasn’t gone by any Serie A supporter by this season, and rightfully so.
The Brazilian has been one of the standout players in Italy this past season, let alone in the Juventus squad. It took him a while to accelerate gears, as the start of his season seemed a tad bit troubling for the winger, but once he found his groove, he never looked back and became close to unstoppable.
Costa isn’t your traditional winger, relying on 1v1 ability, getting the ball into the penalty box, crossing, constantly positioning himself out on the wing etc. He’s a well-rounded all-round winger. In the same capacity, he can contribute to the above stated original traits of a winger, he’s in the same extent capable of being a wide playmaker – having demonstrated clear evidence of that throughout this past season.
It takes a special kind of winger to being able to drift over from a wide wing position into a central seeking winger, assisting and relieving the central midfield in their playmaking and ball distributing responsibilities. That being said, Costa could be seen on many occasions this past season being one, or taking part in, the first stations of the Bianconeri’s build up play, by either distributing the ball from a deep or central position or on his own rapidly driving the ball up the pitch, attracting defenders, opening up spaces, and lastly, utilizing those created spaces for his team-mates to operate on.
Personally, Costa has been on the verge of becoming the signing of the season for me, in close competition with Milan Skriniar or Aleksandar Kolarov. As it’s not just about the quality he’s demonstrated in an individual perspective, but more so the positive and decisive impacts he’s funded Juventus within both domestic and international competitions – in a team perspective.
Along with mainly Miralem Pjanic, Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala Costa, Costa has been an integral part in the success Juventus experienced this past season – and that’s an undeniable fact. Should he replicate that next season, he will be a nightmare to be reckoned with.
It has seemingly always been a matter of ‘when’ and not an ‘if’ Juve were to activate the buy-clause inserted in the Brazilian’s loan agreement, so it comes as no surprise that it happened yesterday. Given the season Costa’s had, €40m on the market in today’s economic climate must be considered a steal. A big steal. Almost a robbery in broad daylight.
This season, Costa has shown the mesmerizing contrast in his services with a manager who’s shown great belief and trust in him – in contrary from what can be said for his time in Germany.
Featuring in 52 appearances for the Bianconeri this season speaks great volume of the trust the manager, Max Allegri, has in him. Costa’s response to that? 4 goals and 12 assists produced in the Serie A this season, which marked a personal record being broken for him in amount of produced assists in a single league season. An indisputable whopping achievement.
So, the conclusion of this transition from loan to a permanent transfer is simple; nothing else can be said more than Costa has shown great gratitude and repaid the trust given in him by Allegri.
Now Costa has the World Cup ahead, having been selected into Tite’s final 23 man roster. A tough task indeed awaiting him and his team-mates. However, with the right usage of his services, Tite can definitely facilitate the pressure for himself and the great nation of Brazil.