Once upon a time, Douglas Costa was one of the most promising emerging talents from South America.
The tricky Brazilian winger was wanted by almost all of Europe’s elite, and when he signed for Bayern Munich from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015, many thought an illustrious career would follow. However, after just 61 appearances, nine goals and a sale to Juventus and then back to Bayern again on loan, Costa signed on loan with LA Galaxy.
At only 31 Costa is by no means a finished player. His quality on the ball combined with his pace and power from the right-wing is still evident and he will no doubt play a key role in bringing success back to Galaxy.
While not famed for his goalscoring, LA Galaxy and MLS fans on a whole can expect Costa’s playmaking ability to provide an essence of flair and south American elegance to what looks to be an exciting MLS season.