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Aston Villa Leading Chase To Sign This Premier League Forward: What Will He Bring To Villa Park?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

According to the latest odds released by the United Kingdom bookmakers (via Wales Online), Aston Villa are the favourites to secure the services of Wolves forward Helder Costa during the ongoing transfer window. The bookies have made the Villans 6/4 favourites to land the Portuguese striker this summer (courtesy of Wales Online). 

The Birmingham Mail (via Wales Online) has backed the bookies by claiming that Costa looks likely to move to Villa Park in this off-season. Despite playing an instrumental part for Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team during their promotion run in the EFL Championship, he has fallen down the pecking order at the Molineux Stadium during the previous campaign.

Costa’s Inconsistent Season For Wolves

The 25-year-old had made 30 appearances for Wolves last season, scoring only two goals while creating two assists in all competitions. He has also represented Portugal at various youth levels but has only one international cap to his name thus far.

Costa is versatile enough to play on either flank, which makes him a useful asset for Nuno Santo’s team. However, his lack of productivity in the final third remains a major cause for concern if Villa decides to move in for the Portuguese speedster this summer.

What Will The Portuguese Attacker Bring To Villa Park?

Costa has blistering pace and is a very penetrative dribbler with the ball down the wide positions. However, he can sometimes lack composure in the final third, which has kept him away from realising his true potential.

The addition of a player of Costa’s skillset will bolster Villa’s attacking options significantly ahead of the new season. Even though Costa has failed to prove his value at the top tier of English football, he might flourish if given enough playing time at a new club. The Villans would need all the help they can get if they want to avoid relegation from the Premier League next season.

Costa can be a lethal weapon for Dean Smith’s side in their fight for survival next season as they aim to become top-flight regulars over the next few years. At 25, he is at the perfect age to improve his game and become a household name in English football.

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