Chelsea took one step closer to the English Premier League title on Saturday evening with a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Bournemouth.
Goals from Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso came after an Adam Smith own goal had given them the lead. Bournemouth equalised just before half-time but the Blues were too strong in the second half and maintained their seven point lead over Tottenham Hotspur.
With just seven games remaining in the season, Chelsea are now on the brink of glory in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge at the club.
Central to their success across the majority of the season has been Diego Costa, whose lightning form in the first half of the campaign fired the Stamford Bridge side into such a strong position heading into 2017.
However, he’s now gone five matches without a goal for the club and definitely looks a different player compared to those swashbuckling performances earlier in the season that left supporters delighted.
After rumoured rifts and potential moves to China, he hasn’t quite been the same player.
Another particularly poor performance against Bournemouth on Saturday got Chelsea tongues wagging about his future.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Praying that nobody from China is watching @diegocosta. Wouldn't get 10 million for the tripe he's putting on show for the past 2 months
— 3-4-3 (@pratapse) April 9, 2017
Just watched Chelsea game and Diego costa was dreadful 5+ missed opportunities. Michy must be horrible for him to not get a start
— Alex???????? (@london_don4) April 8, 2017
Another dreadful performance in front of goal for Diego Costa. It's like he is getting WORSE every single game.
— Andrew (@Petty_Thefts) April 8, 2017
@diegocosta with yet another ex. of a lack of a pace and technique.
He's either injured or waiting to be sold.
He's been awful for months.
— Dhiraj Ubale (@ubale_dhiraj) April 8, 2017
Diego Costa has been awful since his rumour to Chelsea, Batshuayi should be given a chance to shine since Costa is nonchalant #bouche
— TREYMINNY CFC ???? (@Treyminny) April 8, 2017
Whilst Spurs hit gr8 form, Diego Costa decides to be a detriment to our team. Needs to go in the summer. Awful influence to the club.
— Chelski (@ChelskiSW6) April 8, 2017
What special qualities has Diego Costa got as a striker..
— nana kwame (@ernestnanaagyei) April 8, 2017
— Agba Oje (@Mazanbaba) April 8, 2017