Diego Costa is the latest big money striker at Chelsea during the Roman Abramovich era.
Mateja Kežman, Andriy Shevchenko, Claudio Pizarro, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have all fallen before. The latter at least a free transfer.
Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka the two most, or arguably, only successful strikers during this period.
Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres will continue to make the list of the Premier League’s most expensive flops, something that Diego Costa must be weary of following his £32 million transfer from Atlético Madrid this summer.
The Brazilian-born Spanish international scored 27 goals in 35 La Liga matches last season as he helped fire Atlético to an unexpected league title. Hampered by injuries at the end of last season, he only played a few minutes in their UEFA Champions League final defeat to rivals Real Madrid.
Diego Costa is as short as 9.00 with Betfair to be Premier League top scorer this season.
His World Cup then proved to be a disaster with Spain being eliminated as defending champions after only two games. Diego Costa failed to hit the target in his 126 minutes of action.
Diego Costa was sharp in the box last season in what was really his break out season. In 2012-13, he was playing second-fiddle to Radamel Falcao, managing to score 10 goals in 31 La Liga matches.
Chelsea have had problems creating chances for their strikers over the past couple of seasons. It’s not been helped by the poor runs made by Fernando Torres. If their latest signing can find space in the penalty area, the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Cesc Fàbregas and Willian can find him.
Cesc Fàbregas is a key signing here. The central midfielder Is great with through balls which could allow Costa one-on-one opportunities this season. The majority of his goals come within the 18 yard box and with his feet. So balls to the feet from the likes of Fàbregas, Hazard and Oscar should be a treat.
The Blues still have Fernando Torres on the books but Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have moved on. André Schürrle can also play up front, scoring three goals in six substitute appearances for Germany in their recent 2014 World Cup success.
That’s not to say Chelsea won’t go in the market for another striker this summer. Following reports that Edinson Cavani has asked his agent for a Premier League move from Paris Saint-Germain, Mourinho’s side are once again linked with the Uruguayan after the Portuguese manager’s interest over the past season or so.
As for Diego Costa, he has the right personnel around him to make a success at Stamford Bridge. His duty will be to simply stick the ball in the back of the net.Learn which sites offer the best online poker experience. Play poker online from your home.