Since Leeds United have come back to the top flight of English football, they have not been short of fans. The Whites have made headlines for their attacking style of play, their ambitious nature, and their lack of respect for the top teams. They’ve taken on every team in a head-to-head match-up and show no signs of changing their spots as the season goes on. Part of that ambition, though, also stems from transfer moves. Having picked up an impressive talent for their debut top-flight return, the Yorkshire giants want to keep adding new and ambitious signings each summer.
This starts with summer 2021 when it is expected that Leeds will be pushing for a new wide attacker. Even if star turn Raphinha is to be sold, the hope is that Leeds can complete at least one marquee deal for an attacker. The player most being linked with a move to Leeds is long-term Chelsea target, Douglas Costa. Currently, on loan at FC Bayern Munich from Juventus, it is expected he will be on the market.
Injuries have ruined his return to Bavaria, leaving the player short of fitness and game time. However, his aggressive, attack-minded approach makes him perfect for Leeds, and his ability to play on either flank would also help. There is also the boost in the fact that Bayern have made clear that they will not look to keep the player beyond this year – and Juventus are desperate to move him on in a bid to clear the wage bill.
Would Douglas Costa fit in at Leeds?
Though some concerns about his work rate might exist, many other Leeds players have been given the same accusation prior to playing well under Bielsa. As such, there is no reason why Costa – a Brazilian international with vast experience in European football – would not be able to adapt to a high press system. Currently, he plays for Hansi Flick at Bayern, who is renowned as one of the best high press coaches in the game. So, too, is Bielsa.
Therefore, there is no reason why he cannot make a big impact in English football if he was to arrive. In fact, given the way that Leeds attack, it might be his best bet to build a reputation for himself in the English game. Long linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, his front-foot style is likely to be a more natural fit for Leeds who look for their wide players to be goal scorers and inventors in equal measure.
Bielsa has shown that his style can work in the top-flight, and the arrival of top quality attacking wide players would go a long way to making sure that such progress and improvement can become a consistent hallmark of their time in the top-flight.
Make no mistake, though; Leeds are here to make a statement in the summer. And what better way to do so than with a Brazilian international?