Ex-Chelsea flop warns Blues newbie to hit the ground running

Andriy Shevchenko has warned Diego Costa to find his form quickly or face being Chelsea’s latest flop striker.

The Spain international’s long-awaited switch to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid was recently confirmed, and the burly forward is expected to be the front-man Jose Mourinho called for for much of 2013/14 after netting more than 30 goals last term.

Shevchenko was once dubbed the man to fire the Blues to glory after being snapped up by the Londoners, but the Ukrainian hero failed to settle properly at the club and, despite his numerous honours in a glittering career, was dubbed a flop.

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More recently Fernando Torres has befallen the same fate after costing Chelsea £50m, while other names have also failed to provide the goals of club hero Didier Drogba – arguably their best striker in the last 10 years.

Costa cost the Premier League giants £32m, and Shevchenko has told him that he must make a good start to life in his new surroundings:

“I’m sure he will do well. I think he is a good striker and I like him.” He told the Daily Star.

“The best thing for Costa is to score and score early.

“That will be important to him.

“The expectations from the fans and the club are very big so he needs to score and get going.”