Diego Costa is a £32 million man in the eyes of Chelsea FC of the English Premier League after it acquired the 25-year-old center forward. The young, talented Spaniard who dominated La Liga with 27 goals and led his team to both a Spanish Cup Championship and the UEFA League Final has officially confirmed his move to Chelsea FC earlier today.
The addition of Costa puts “the Blues” in a very awkward position regarding when and where he will play. Currently on Chelsea’s first team squad, the team has two forwards, including Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku. As well, Chelsea are looking to bolster their attack with their potential addition of Cesc Fabregas and Mario Mandẑukić. Bolstering their attack is a smart move considering last season Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres tallied only 21 goals combined for “the Blues,” a relatively small amount when compared to Liverpool‘s attacking tandem of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. As well, Torres has not lived up to his £50 million transfer fee by scoring 27 goals for Chelsea in his three-year stint with the team. If deals are completed for both Fabregas and Mandẑukić, Costa might be looking at stepping onto the pitch 30 percent of the time, a reality that probably is not ideal for the young forward.
Managerially, José Mourinho is not a truly offensive manager. He prefers possession and strong midfield play as opposed to his forwards running the show. The only viable option where I see Costa starting is in a wing position. However, I do not believe Costa has a defensive mindset to play both ways of the pitch and be able to contribute offensively. Chelsea’s front office might have jumped the gun on the young star especially since Torres and Lukaku’s contracts are ending in 2016. In my opinion, bring in more established stars first such as Fabregas and Mandẑukić, sign them for three or four years and then decide whether or not it is viable to bring in a more experienced Costa.
Collin Ruby is a Soccer Writer for RantSports.com, follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby