DIEGO COSTA: From inspiration to liability.

As with any Chelsea fan on the planet, I have loved Diego Costa since he came to our club. Howeve...

As with any Chelsea fan on the planet, I have loved Diego Costa since he came to our club. However, he has become a mere shadow of the player he was last season. Maybe it's time to start Loic Remy.

Think back to the Diego Costa of last season and you think of his goals, his movement, his enthusiasm for the game and the influence he had on opponents. He would get involved in a scuffle or two because that is part and parcel of his game which we gladly accept but it was everything else about his game that was making more headlines for the right reasons!

However, last night became a pivotal moment for me this season sitting there watching him. The enthusiasm seems to have gone, the movement is limited to say the least and the goal threat is literally no more. Something needs to be done here and quickly!

I am certain that Costa can rediscover his form of last season but he MUST work hard to do it. Even Ray Wilkins has stated the same:

It's his real lack of movement that really stands out and watching a game on TV doesn't show the full story. As the cameras follow the ball across the pitch, they will pick up on a run Costa makes and it looks like he is doing everything as he did last season. However, sitting in the stands, looking at our midfield in possession of the ball, looking for that run, more often than not, it doesn't happen and our play moves from side to side instead.

That's what has caused Chelsea so many problems this season. That out-ball we had isn't on as often has it was last term, there is no run being made when it's a prime opportunity and the option we have up top is few and far between.

When Costa gets the ball and gets himself into goalscoring positions he struggles to convert the chance into a goal and more often than not that glorious opportunity passes him by whereas a year ago it would have been gobbled up without question.

Maybe it is time for Loic Remy who has scored goals throughout his career. With Radamel Falcao out injured and Costa struggling, it the perfect opportunity for the Frenchman to step in and make a real fight of the starting spot in Jose Mourinho's team.

One thing is for sure. If Chelsea are going to climb their way back up the Premier League table we MUST have the Diego Costa of last season up front because so far, he has been non-existent this time around!


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  1. I agree but what is it about Chelsea and strikers?. Costa was great last season and Drogba was a legend but other than that every other striker (Torres etc) have failed in recent years. Costa seems more intent on picking a fight or taking revenge for some perceived foul than concentrating on his football. Tough and strong is great but it needs to be fair. The best "revenge" for some imagined offence is to score a goal!! We need a constantly good striker, Remy is a good middle of the road player but not in the top bracket and as for Falcao? £144k per week? we must be joking!!

    1. Mostly agree with your post,,I think ;Norman;in an earlier/post on here,,got it right for me, about DC,in saying that he felt DC,mindset is back in Spain,,Falcao,,worth the punt I suppose but not at £144,someone doing someone a big favour methink,s,,we seem as a club,to fail big time,finding someone for this position for the longer turn,,,would Lukaku have been the one,,I,m still sure about him,,,Bamford,does,nt cut it for me,,Solanke,,I hav,nt seen enough of him,to make a decision..we are clearly in need of a finisher this season,,who/where they are we have to trust in scouts to sort it out.

  2. He was an inspiration and will always be a inspiration. Don't know where this liability issue cropped up from. HE IS A LEGEND, PERIOD.

    1. He's been good for half a season since when he's been average at best, overweight and overpaid. When was his last really good game for Chelsea or the above average Spain team?
      Jury's out on Costa but for sure not deserving of 'legend' status

  3. I've said this time and time again. Can we get Solanke back from loan and play him. Remy is not a Drogba. We need a big striker that can hold the ball up, attack the 6 yard box and is a good header.



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