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When it comes to brutal efficiency, Arjen Robben is pretty much the master.

Has any footballer ever perfected a party trick quite like the Bayern Munich legend? You know the one we’re talking about – cut inside, shoot, goal. Robben made a career out of his trademark finisher and what a career it was.

So when the flying Dutchman has advice for you on how to maximise your talents, you’d better sit up and listen.

Fortunately, Douglas Costa did exactly that.

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“He’s technically versed, a typical Brazilian,” Robben told Sky Deutschland, via Merkur in 2015 during Costa’s first few weeks at the Allianz Arena.

“But I also have to say, he needs to be careful. Tricks are nice – but they belong in the circus. You should never forget you also have to show some respect for the opponent when you are 3-0 up.”

With seven goals and a remarkable 18 assists in all competitions, that 2015/16 season was perhaps the best of Costa’s career.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk speedster blossomed into what Robben would later label a “special weapon” for a Bayern side that stormed to the Bundesliga title in exhilarating fashion under Pep Guardiola.

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And, like the Manchester-based protege, Marcelo Bielsa is a coach who builds his side around those rarest of beasts – exhibitionist footballers capable of producing moments of match-winning magic underpinning their ability with tactical awareness and an impressive team ethic.

Those attributes quickly made Costa one of the first names on a star-studded Bayern Munich team sheet.

And, with JuveLive reporting Leeds United are eyeing an ambitious summer swoop for the Samba star, a perfect blend of technique and tenacity would stand him in good stead in West Yorkshire too.

2015 may feel like a long time ago – with Costa now 30 years of age and struggling for game time since returning for a second spell in Munich from Juventus.

But if Guardiola’s “special weapon” was capable of firing Bayern to Bundesliga glory – fighting off a Kevin De Bruyne-inspired Wolfsburg along the way – the prospect of Costa reigniting his career in Bielsa’s freewheeling Leeds side is a drool-worthy prospect.

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