The prolific Brazilian forward took less time to score his first goal at Stamford Bridge than I took to write this sentence. In my defense, coming up with a lead line can be very challenging. Diego Costa made his first start at the Bridge today in Chelsea‘s final preseason game, against Spanish team Real Sociedad. He wasted no time, and by the 57th second of the match, his name was already on the score sheet.
Costa was in the right position to receive a pass from countryman Ramires, and did well to score a well-placed shot from a very tight angle. Six minutes later, he found himself in another great position and scored an easy put-back after a superb curler from Andre Schurrle careened off the post.
So far, Costa has impressed in every game for the Blues, he scored four goals during this preseason, and assisted two others. The Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was effusive in his praise of the striker during his post-game comments.
“For a striker like him, a champion in Spain and Champions League finalist, young, 25 years old – we consider the price Chelsea paid was very much in our favor.” Said the Blues coach.
“You can consider that because the market is crazy, as everybody knows. The values are very high, and for strikers they are even more. The Premier League should be happy because sometimes we lose important players going to other countries.”
Chelsea is gunning for the title this season, the Blues have put themselves in pole position to win it with these wonderful additions to the squad. The striker problem has vanished, the return of Didier Drogba and the recruitment of Costa virtually guarantees goals, and who knows? Fernando Torres may miraculously regain his form.
Costa has proven that he is no one-season wonder. He is pure quality, and all but one of his preseason finishes have been top drawer. His perpetual motion up front and ability to find space behind defenses will continue to improve.
He may look like Oscar‘s dad, but those feet are only 25 years old; he will definitely ameliorate under Mourinho’s tutelage. The sky is the limit for the young striker and we can expect great things from him.
Chelsea isn’t the only club who has strengthened it’s squad, all the top teams are much improved, with the exception of Liverpool, whose manager is still attempting to replace Luis Suarez with an entire first team roster.
Costa certainly looks the best addition to the league this season, leave him out of your fantasy team at your own risk.