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Douglas Costa is not the player Bayern Munich need

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Douglas Costa has sealed a 'dream move' to German giants Bayern Munich, completing a £21 million move from Shahktar Donetsk.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder was a key squad member in Dunga's Copa America squad and scored the winner in their first group game against Peru.

Costa is the first marquee signing of the summer by Pep Guardiola as he looks to strengthen his squad after an underwhelming campaign last season.

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However the acquisition of Costa is one that in my opinion was not the most necessary.

While the Brazilian is undoubtedly an exciting young talent he is not a player which I see breaking into the first team or improving the squad.

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Costa is not a natural winger

Last season the most noticeable absence in the squad was the lack of the depth on the wing.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery endured injury plagued campaigns and subsequently Bayern were not able to produce the same level of performance without their key wingers.

Costa is not a natural winger, he is much more gifted in the centre of the pitch with his dribbling and creative abilities.

His attributes are similar to many players Bayern already possess in Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller and to a lesser extent Thiago.

Costa is not the answer for Bayern

The system Guardiola has implemented at the Allianz relies heavily on the abilities of his two star wingers.

They both contribute defensively and stretch the pitch with their natural wide play to allow more space for the creative central players.

Costa is not a player who has defensive tendencies and will often drift inside if deployed out on the wing.

He may be a talented young player but at this moment in time he is not the answer to Bayern's issues, keep searching Pep.

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