With reports linking Gonzalo Higuain with a move to Chelsea, the future of Diego Costa has never been more in doubt.
The Brazilian-born striker has never settled at Stamford Bridge despite his often good form, and with speculation linking the red-hot Argentine with a transfer to the Bridge, he has now been linked with a move back to Atletico Madrid.
But why has he never settled at Chelsea? He has it all – the pace, the power and the shooting ability. More importantly, the Blues fans adore him and will seemingly always put up with his misdemeanour’s on the pitch.
Yet on a personal note, poor discipline is one of the things that has led to a slight downfall during his Chelsea career. Whilst controlled aggression is acceptable, it’s clear the Diego Costa has somewhat of a problem with his anger. Yes, it’s okay to use it in your game to give you an advantage but not in the ways that Diego Costa does and unfortunately, it’s become synonymous in his game. He’s targeted by referees that seem to expect it to happen and it must be frustrating. Whilst some lesser known players will get away with flailing elbows and the occasional late tackle, Costa has no chance. He’s become a scapegoat for bad behaviour and the opposition know that they can wind him up and get him in the book.
Whilst he has scored 16 goals in 41 appearances for the Blues this season, he has gone through barren spells when he couldn’t seem to hit the net. Chelsea have been poor on the whole this season and had Costa hit the net a little more often, they may have done better. A midtable finish is nowhere near good enough and without Costa’s goals, they’d have been even lower.
Some of the service he’s received this season has been extremely poor, also. Moving to a respectable side that qualify for Champions League football year after year is fine, but in order to do that you need the help to score the goals. Willian aside, some of Chelsea’s attacking options have been extremely average this campaign and if you look to the work done by the likes of Riyad Mahrez at Leicester City you must wonder what’s happened.
Chelsea have a swathe of attacking talent in their academy and out on-loan and had there been a stable manager in the hot-seat all season, they would have more than likely been recalled. The likes of Christian Atsu, Wallace, Lucas Piazon and Juan Cuadrado are all still out at clubs in Europe and would Costa have benefited from their services more than some of the current squad? Quite possibly.
A return to Atletico just looks written in the stars for Costa. Back in his native Spain he is not targeted so aggressively by the press and he seems to play with a smile on his face.
Sorry Chelsea fans, but Diego Costa won’t be sticking around for much longer.