Diego Costa

Considering Chelsea’s strike-force of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o found just 19 Premier League goals between them last season whilst Liverpool’s frontmen netted a combined 52 and Manchester City’s a combined 45, it’s rather miraculous that the Blues finished just four points short of the title.

It’s no secret that the west London outfit desperately require a consistent goalscorer if they’re to be considered Premier League favourites next season, but that need is set to be addressed with the all-but-officially-confirmed acquisition of Diego Costa, who bagged 36 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last term, firing Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title and a Champions League final.

Not only is the 6 foot 2 beast a dependable net-finder, but he furthermore fits Chelsea’s traditional bill of powerful, aerially dominant, aggressive target men. Jose Mourinho will certainly know how to get best use out of the Brazilian-born forward.

Can the £32million star provide the quality and work-rate to bridge a four-point gap? Providing the rest of the Chelsea team hold up their end of the bargain, evidence thus far suggests almost certainly.