The idea of throwing seemingly admirable pieces together with the expectation of an exceptional result has long been practised by those who have mostly been accustomed to having things go as they desire. Said pieces however, have not always panned out to become the splendor of the puppeteer’s imagination.

Then you have the Gepettos whom in this instance is one Josep Guardiola Sala and his highly questioned summer acquisition Douglas Costa, a player which has certainly endured his share of criticism, some of which is fair. With what can easily be described as an inconstant five year spell with Shakhtar Donetsk, one would be hard pressed to ever question his drive, effort on the pitch in addition to his tremendous ability which starts and finishes with an unmatched burst of speed paired with the traditional flair the world has come to expect from Brazilian attackers.

This however didn’t prevent the critics and pundits from immediately tipping him to fail at such a high profile club, even after he was so publicly sought after by Sir Alex Ferguson years prior and was as close to joining the Reds in 2011 as he was spotted with United staff as well as his own reps as United hosted Bolton. As fate would have it the deal fell through once again and both Costa and United seemed to have lost their shared interests. His star continued to shine as he scored 15 goals in his first 61 appearances including a few memorable gems both from the run of play as well as spot kicks and was clearly comfortable in Mircea Lucescu’s Brazilian laden squad which included the likes of Willian, Luiz Adriano, Eduardo as well as the Armenian mid Henrikh Mkhitaryan who’s currently sending Bundesliga defenders into therapy. He stood out then as one of their most promising players and after the departure of the aforementioned Willian and Mkhitaryan he assumed an even bigger role/responsibility and handled it quite well. However, being a highly touted Brazilian winger having been once cursed with being the ‘Next Ronaldinho’ finishing a five year run with under 30 goals in the Ukrainian league comes with it’s expected detractors.

Fast forward to Bayern and having already scored a goal to go along with four assists as well as dazzling link up play and dribbling displays certainly to the entertainment of the Bayern faithful as well as being called up for the Seleção it’s safe to say he’s off to a great start. While it’s still only the dawn of a new campaign all indications are that he will continue to improve and the questions of whether or not he’ll fit in with the likes of class wingers Robben, Ribery, Götze or eventually eclipsed by the promising Kingsley Coman will at worst be an interesting watch. His talent has never been questioned, his ability to contribute to a bigger plan however is yet to be determined but by the looks of things the Pep’eteer looks to have turned what was widely seen as a pile of wood into something magical.

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  1. His pace and control is unbelievable sometimes. He fits Pep’s system easily so far. He is probably the best signing of the summer.

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