Diego Costa has adapted to life in the Premier League like a duck takes to water. But how is he finding so easy what Fernando Torres couldn’t manage at Chelsea?
Costa has scored eight Premier League goals in his first six matches for Chelsea. It took Fernando Torres 48 Premier League appearances for the Blues to score the same amount. That’s quite an incredible statistic. Costa has been clinical but it’s almost more amazing that Torres was so poor.
Fernando was excellent at Liverpool and his Premier League record for The Reds was right up there with some of the best ever. In 102 appearances he netted 65 goals. A better ratio than a goal every other game – and he was quite simply a joy to watch. Something he couldn’t emulate at Chelsea to say the least.
Diego Costa was relatively quiet at Atletico Madrid and during his time he sat behind the likes of Torres, Falcao and Sergio Aguero on the Atleti bench. His final season with the club was by far his most impressive as they won the La Liga title. Costa scored 43 league goals during his eight years at Atletico – 27 of which came in during his final season. So not a particularly consistent record for the Spaniard.
Torres and Costa did have the similarity in that they both joined Chelsea off the back of a successful season. So why such a big difference in ability? Perhaps the players who were playing at The Blues? When Diego Costa joined this season he has the creative masterminds of Francesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard creating his chances, while Torres arrived to Yossi Benayoun and Florent Malouda.
At Liverpool, Torres had Steven Gerrard to thank for most of his goals, and their link was almost telepathic and the same is now happening for Costa with Fabregas. You can’t buy that relationship, but when it works it’s deadly.
There’s no case to be had that Torres simply couldn’t handle the Premier League as his time at Liverpool proves otherwise. Many suggested when Costa signed for Chelsea that his physical style of play would suit the English top flight and so far it has proved to be true. It is by no means necessary that every successful Premier League player needs to be physical but it certainly helps.
To call Costa’s price cheap would be a stretch, but compared to Torres’ it’s a bargain. Some players have the psychological capabilities to deal with a large price-tag while others do not. From day one of his Chelsea career, Fernando didn’t seem right and he continued on that form – perhaps £50m was too much after all…who knew?!
Form is temporary but class is permanent is the famous saying, and Torres is now an exception to that rule. The once lethal striker was almost ruined overnight when he made his move to Chelsea and there’s no real reason to explain why.
I can just about explain why Costa is finding it easier than Torres due to the higher class of creative players of which he is playing with, but other than that it may be sheer luck or determination which is allowing him to surpass Torres’ record so easily.
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