After proving an instrumental figure behind Chelsea’s well-fought victory last time out at the Emirates, Diego Costa has seemingly reintroduced himself as the frustrating, yet albeit often deadly, centre-forward most of us simply love to hate.
The controversial Spanish international has certainly rediscovered his scoring boots for the Blues in recent weeks however, marking a significant improvement from the somewhat isolated and ineffectual figure he admittedly portrayed at the beginning of the season.
So then, as the 27-year-old former Atletico Madrid striker seems to be back among the goals down at Stamford Bridge all of a sudden – should Chelsea opt to keep faith in Diego Costa throughout the course of next season, or must the Blues nevertheless look to part ways with the Brazilian-born front-man regardless of his recent form?
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Although Diego Costa has successfully grabbed all of our attention in light of his match-winning antics against Arsenal last weekend, this is a player who arguably won’t serve Chelsea well in the long run – no matter how well received he may admittedly remain within the Stamford Bridge faithful right in the here and now.
Despite regaining a certain confidence in front of goal recently, the wildly passionate centre-forward has ultimately looked far from his best across the majority of the 2015/16 campaign thus far.
Diego Costa’s overall game has been questionably forgettable at times this season, he has often let opposing defenders erode away at his concentration levels throughout the duration of each 90 minutes – and along with several other disappointing high profile Chelsea stars this term – failed to help Jose Mourinho keep his job at Stamford Bridge.
Yes, the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas have arguably fared far worse than Diego Costa with all things considered, and everybody obviously knows just how effective the Spanish international can prove on his day by now – but as Chelsea fans simply never seem to know what they’re going to get with their notorious no. 19 nowadays – is Diego Costa really the man to lift the Blues out of their current plight next season?
Well, as Guus Hiddink’s unpredictable outfit seemingly need all the help they can get in the Premier League, maybe Chelsea would in-fact be making a major mistake in letting Diego Costa leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Under the supervision of a brand new boss in the Blues dug-out next season, with a clean slate on offer for all those Chelsea players who have failed to give an adequate account of themselves in 2015/16 – it would seem only natural for Diego Costa to return to his very best form in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
When circumstances prove favourable for the 27-year-old front-man, with his mind fully set on scoring goals as opposed to needlessly winding up opposing players off the ball – the South American certainly knows how to get the job done within the English top-flight.
Via his intelligent movement inside the final third and punishing nature in front of goal, Diego Costa remains an effective asset – even if he has indeed struggled with certain consistency issues throughout the current season.
However, does that mean that the next Chelsea manager should simply rely upon Diego Costa alone up-top for the Blues next term?
Although such a statement is far easier said than done, the Stamford Bridge boardroom staff should arguably do everything within their power to land another potential world class striker sooner rather than later – for with an increased sense of competition in the Chelsea striking department next season – the consequences would only prove promising for the rest of the Blues squad as a whole.
So although Diego Costa won’t solve all the relevant problems currently afflicting Chelsea, this is a player who the Stamford Bridge hierarchy should not be giving up lightly in the summer.