Stamford Bridge new-boy certainly attracting attention.
It’s fair to say that Diego Costa took ‘ruffling a few feathers’ to a whole new level during Chelsea’s Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool on Tuesday night and unsurprisingly the Brazilian born Spanish international has garnered a fair bit of criticism for his overly-physical approach. Is such criticism fair?
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The 26 year old has been an instant hit since moving to West London from the Spanish capital over the summer and he is arguably built to succeed in the rough and tumble Premier League environment.
Interestingly Costa is very much an good old-fashioned centre-forward but such has been the paucity of players of that ilk that even fans of the English game are strangely taken aback by his approach.
The way in which Costa seeks to rile up opposition defences with strong challenges and an aggressive attitude is now almost alien but that is perhaps more to the detriment of the Premier League than any failing on the Chelsea man’s part.
Costa is very much a Marmite player who rubs some up the wrong way though if we are honest we’d all want to see a player of his determination and ‘win at all costs’ attitude leading our side’s attack. In that fashion he is not unlike a certain Luis Suarez, who adopted a similar approach to the game.
You can’t argue with Costa’s effectiveness, 17 goals in 19 Premier League starts is a phenomenal start to his career at Stamford Bridge, and the £32m invested in the player seems almost a bargain.
No doubt Costa will be the subject of a great deal of media coverage and could well earn his fair share of punishment for his no hold barred style of play but if he continues to score goals with alarming regularity then Jose Mourinho and the Blues faithful won’t mind one iota.