Reports emerged yesterday that Chelsea have completed the signing of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
The news was broken by a supposedly credible source who tweeted “Diego Costa will be a Chelsea player next season”
The fee is said to be in and around the region of 32 million pounds, which will trigger a release clause in his contract.
Is this price justified, considering the Atletico striker has had just one outstanding season?
It is true that he hasn’t matched this season’s goal tally in previous campaigns, however, his goals to games ratio over the last three seasons has been more than respectable.
The Brazilian born striker bagged 20 goals in 36 games last season, and 10 in 15 while on loan at Rayo Valecano the year previous to that. The logical conclusion should be that Costa is improving, and will most likely continue to improve over the next few seasons, as he enters into the prime of his playing career.
The Madrid based hitman does not possess great pace or finesse, he is simply a powerful, aggressive player and a natural goalscorer. He takes up good attacking positions and bullies defenders with brute force.
Costa, however, will not be easily tamed. He has a poor disciplinary record, and has even had to be substituted on occasion, as a result of his fiery temper.
Diego Simeone has managed to get the best out of the 25 year old, this is possibly down to the fact that the Atletico manager can relate to him. Both he and the Spanish International share similar traits in terms of temperament. The fact that Simeone is able to understand Costa’s disposition will certainly have had an influence on the strikers emergence as a top player.
The question is, can Mourinho, a manager who expects a certain level of discipline from his players capably deal with such an unpredictable character. He has previously managed Balotelli at Inter Milan, however he had labelled him “unmanageable”. The self proclaimed Special One now laughs about his relationship with the Italian striker, but it has been reported that the two had fallen out on several occasions.
It will be quite interesting to see how The Blues boss chooses to deal with Costa. One thing is for certain, if the striker does not perform then his temperament will not go down well at Stamford Bridge. If he manages to adjust to the Premier League, and can come up with the goods in front of goal, then there will be a certain level of tolerance from fans and Mourinho may well look the other way.
Goals have not come easy for Chelsea this season, and a consistent goalscorer could well make all the difference for The Londoners come the start of the next campaign.
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