'Devastating': £35m Tottenham linked winger Douglas Costa demonstrates he's a huge asset

Brazilian football player Douglas Costa (C) is surrounded by supporters and photographers upon his arrival at the Juventus' Medical Center in Turin on July 12, 2017.

Tottenham missed out on Douglas Costa to Juventus.

Brazilian football player Douglas Costa (C) is surrounded by supporters and photographers upon his arrival at the Juventus' Medical Center in Turin on July 12, 2017.

Tottenham Hotspur's failure to sign a winger this summer has been exposed this season as a mistake.

The team have been low on creativity especially in big games, scoring only once against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City - which was an own goal.

One of the more expensive wingers they missed out on this summer was Douglas Costa, with The Mirror reporting they were keen on the Bayern attacker.

Costa ended up signing with Juventus instead, joining on an initial £5m loan which Bleacher Report write will cost the Serie A champions £35 million at the end of the season.

Player of SSC Napoli Mario Rui vies with Juventus player Douglas Costa during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Juventus at Stadio San Paolo on December 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy.

At the weekend Costa demonstrated that he really is a 'big game' player, delivering an oustanding performance for Juventus to hand Napoli their first defeat of the season.

The Brazilian's performance was lauded by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who described him as 'devastating'.

Douglas Costa showed an ability to pick the right passes in the final third, and dug in defensively to press from the front.

Player of SSC Napoli Marek Hamsik vies with Juventus player Douglas Costa during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Juventus at Stadio San Paolo on December 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy.

This season the 27-year-old has scored once and provided four assists, working himself into a prominent role over the past few weeks after a slow start.

It will be too late for Tottenham to move for him now unless Juventus change their minds, but his current form make it likely he will be playing in Turin next season.

The lesson for Spurs is to think big next summer, and bring in top tier talent who can effect big games - at present they don't have enough of these options and it is being exposed.

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