Chelsea’s Spanish Super Signing
Last season, after the departure of Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone decided against the purchase of a big money striker to fill the Colombian’s boots. Why? Because they had a more than fitting replacement in their ranks the whole time, who was just waiting for the chance to play and the chance to score. Who? Diego da Silva Costa.
Over the course of Atletico’s 2013-2014 campaign, Costa amassed a stunning 38 goals in only 52 matches. The Spanish front man’s goals proved crucial as the Madrid side won La Liga and were unlucky to only finish runners-up in the Champions League. After such a stunning season, it was inevitable that Europe’s footballing juggernauts would be queuing for his signature.
On the 15th July 2014 it was Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea who secured Costa’s signature, with a hefty fee of £32 million. With the departures of Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres leaving the Blue’s starved of strikes a lot of pressure fell on Costa’s shoulders. Furthermore, after suffering from injury the 6’ 2” hit man appeared jaded throughout the 2014 World Cup. Spain crashed out in the group stages with Costa failing to find the net and make an impact on games.
After such a stale World Cup, critics were beginning to wonder whether Diego Costa’s 2013-14 form was simply anomalous in its undoubted quality. However, the Spaniard had a chance to silence them as he made his Premier League debut for the Stamford Bridge club away to Burnley. Wearing Chelsea’s number 19 shirt, which he had inherited from Ba, it proved the night which kick started a stunning run for deadly Diego.
Under 20 minutes into the game, Serbian full back Branislav Ivanovic found the ball on the right wing before fizzing in a low cross first time. Taking a deflection on the way, the cross ricocheted off the post and into the path of the lurking Diego Costa. With Burnley’s keeper on the floor after being wrong footed by the cross, Chelsea’s new striker thumped the ball home with his left foot. It proved a perfect debut as Costa was brilliant throughout and a scoring debut merited his effort.
With Costa’s critics still not convinced, the ex-Atletico front man lined up the week after against another promoted side in the form of Leicester City. Once again, the super signing lived up to the pressure with yet another goal and his first at Stamford Bridge. Once again Ivanovic proved provider, feeding Costa in the box who despite a heavy touch scrambled it home from close range past the advancing goalkeeper. 2 goals in 2 games for Mourinho’s new attacking talisman.
The 2 fixtures which proceeded the Leicester match, showed Costa’s undoubted class as the rampant forward struck an incredible 5 goals. First on his hit list, were Everton a team who had embarrassed Chelsea with a 1-0 win last term. However, the Blue’s got into their grove early on as Costa burst threw on goal before firing his shot through the legs of Tim Howard and into the net.
After scoring in the first minute, Diego Costa struck in the last as Chelsea wrapped up a crazy 6-3 win at Goodison Park. A cheeky back heel pass from Mikel saw Howard once again exposed and once again beaten. Coolly rounding the American shot stopper, Costa thumped the ball into the bottom corner of the open net.
Last week, Swansea City lay in wake for Mourinho’s Chelsea who now sat comfortably top of the table with a stunning 100% record. It proved yet another brilliant performance for their front man, Costa bagging his first ever Premier League hat trick. A thumping header, a calm conversion from a fantastic Fabregas pass and an opportunistic strike from a scuffed Ramires strike saw Swansea stunned. Diego Costa had simply torn them to shreds.
So, with Diego Costa becoming the first ever player to score seven goals in their first four Premier League games, can the rampant Spaniard keep up his record and propel Chelsea to their first league title in four years?
Kobe, YJA Sports Correspondent
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