Pat Nevin has given his take on the situation surrounding Diego Costa during an exclusive interview with TalkChelsea. He also told a tale of Chelsea’s transfer inefficiencies that, unfortunately, will come as no surprise to the majority of the Blues faithful.
There does not appear to be any future for Costa at Stamford Bridge. As reported by Telegraph in June, the Spaniard told reporters he was ‘dumped’ by text message by Antonio Conte. At that point, it was clear that the Chelsea and Costa love story was entering it’s final chapter.
Nevin revealed to us that he hopes that Chelsea and Costa can come to a decision that’s mutually beneficial:
“I’d love him to stay, I’d love for him to be chirpy, I’d love for it to work, but if it’s not going to work, let’s sort it out for him, and for the club.”
The Chelsea legend played alongside plenty of great strikers throughout his illustrious career, and he feels as though Antonio Conte may have another at his disposal in Michy Batshuayi:
“Having watched Batshuayi and looked at his numbers – he will score you goals, he will 100% score you goals. People see the weaknesses in his game but I’ve worked with some centre-forwards who might not be the best at holding up, and might even be too greedy, and then you look at their numbers and you think – wow.”
Chelsea are not only having problems shifting Costa, this summer has not been successful in terms of bringing in new players either. The Premier League kicks-off in less than a week and, if anything, our squad is weaker compared to last season.
The board’s inefficiency is nothing new, though, as Nevin explained. He told us that Chelsea looked to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid in the summer of 2015 – we ended up with Papy Djilobodji:
“Two seasons ago, Chelsea needed some players, when Jose Mourinho was manager. We needed a centre-back, we tried to get Varane I believe, we got Djilobodji – not great in comparison. I don’t think the recruitment went well, and we suffered, we ended up in tenth.”
As you will remember, Mourinho was sacked in December. Djilobodji played three minutes of football for Chelsea before joining Sunderland and getting relegated. Varane, on the other hand, has won the Champions League twice in the two seasons following Mourinho’s pursuit.
How much can managers be held accountable for their team’s results if the board are not providing them with the players they ask for?