The 25-year-old lit up the Championship during his two seasons in the division with Wolves, but he has struggled to hit those same heights in the Premier League.
Costa’s 2016/17 season at Molineux was incredible, and if he can replicate the type of performances he showed that season, he could be the perfect addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The above infographic shows how incredible Costa really was when he arrived in England.
10 goals and eight assists tells you all you need to know about how deadly he can be going forward. Only Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe and Mateusz Klich eclipsed the tally of 18 goal contributions Costa made that season.
The Portuguese would undoubtedly be one of the biggest attacking threats in the Whites’ squad if he joined this summer, and with Marcelo Bielsa’s men finishing third last season his arrival could be what they need to be promoted finally.
The more telling stats though are the ones that indicate how Costa likes to play the game. The winger attempted 2.5 dribbles per game during that season, showing how much he loves to drive a team forward when he is on the ball – something which Bielsa’s teams require from their wingers.
Another element of Costa’s game which will have caught the eye of the Argentine is his defensive work rate. He averaged 2.5 attempted tackles per game from the right wing during the 2016/17 season, and with the 63-year-old’s tactics being so focused on pressing the opposition high up the pitch, the 25-year-old could flourish in Leeds United’s squad.