Last summer Douglas Costa became a big star on the YouTube talent circuit, he was touted as the next Ronaldinho. He had been linked heavily to Manchester Utd as an “obvious” replacement to Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the end, rumours about his attitude and problems in his private life contributed to Alex Ferguson passing on the opportunity and instead signing up Obertan. He had also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Juventus in August 2009.
At Gremio he only played a handful of games during his 2 year tenure, however he appeared to be a bright, skilful player with a good footballing brain with awareness of his and his teammates positioning on the pitch.
He has also featured often for the Brazil U20 team, both at the World Cup in Egypt last year and at the 2009 U20 South American Championships playing a part in their path to the final and victory respectively.
Against Fulham on Thursday night, he came on for fellow Brazilian Jadson with Fulham, somewhat fortuitously, 2-1 up. He looked very bright and skilful with plenty of pace. I was particularly pleased to see him attacking Stephen Kelly and not being afraid of trying a trick or two at this level.
He pushed the full back and offered plenty of support to Luis Adriano up front when the ball was on the opposing wing. He had much hunger and was constantly demanding the ball when free and in space.
His January transfer to Shaktar (€6m) seems the perfect move for a young talent such as Douglas, the Ukranian side play a slick, to feet brand of passing football that will suit his style and the quality of other Brazilian players at the club will not only push his abilities but also ensure that he settles well in a country far far away from his native land. I look forward to seeing more from him in the future.