On July 29th 2016, Wolverhampton Wanderers signed Helder Costa on a season-long loan deal from Portuguese side Benfica.
The 24-year-old made his debut in the Championship against Rotherham United on the 6th of August under Walter Zenga, but it wasn’t until the 17th of September that he scored his first goal for the club.
Although, supporters weren’t too bothered as they knew his time would come and could already tell that he had the potential to become a future star, as they took to the confirmation of the signing on Twitter with delight.
making big moves
— Fez (@brotherfez) July 29, 2016
— Irish Wolves. (@KevinSi00747047) July 29, 2016
— Charliemurray (@Charlie51446858) July 29, 2016
— richard simcox (@richwolves41) July 29, 2016
— Tom Willett (@WiIIett) July 29, 2016
Signing Benfica players as though its nothing – exciting season ahead I hope! @OfficialWolves
— Ad (@Sidaway_) July 29, 2016
— Ben (@benwyattwwfc) July 29, 2016
The majority of Wolves’ fan-base looked on in anticipation as the club’s new owners Fosun international celebrated their takeover by welcoming Helder Costa to the club, with the pulling power of Jorge Mendes working wonders.
Indeed, the Portuguese winger was a product of the Benfica youth system, making his professional debut with Benfica B on the 11th of August 2012. But, he was only able to make one appearance for the first team before being shipped out on loan to the likes of Deportivo La Coruna, AS Monaco and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It was Jorge Mendes, a familiar figure at Wolves, that helped secure the services of Helder Costa, who is still one of his clients to this day. And, supporters sure will be pleased that the Portuguese mastermind managed to help construct the original loan move, as he scored 12 goals and produced 11 assists for his teammates in his first season.
On the 30th of January 2017, Wolves managed to secure a permanent deal for Helder Costa in what was a club record fee at the time, which has proven to be one of their best pieces of business in recent history.
In Wolves’ promotion-winning season however, the dangerous attacker dropped off the pace slightly and wasn’t as involved due to an ankle injury that kept him out towards the start of the campaign. Although, this didn’t stop the tenacious wide-man from making one of his personal dreams come true, as his consistency in the Premier League was rewarded with an international call-up to the Portugal squad.
So, it comes as no surprise that fans greeted the signing with such delight and promise, with his efforts in the two Championship campaigns helping Wolves achieve their aim of promotion and pushing them even closer towards meeting the ambitious targets set by the club’s owners.