Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Love him or hate him, Diego Costa is crucial to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.

Although the temperamental striker looks set to secure a move back to Atlético Madrid, as the Independent have reported, this summer, could the club be making a huge mistake by selling our Spanish centre-forward?

Goals

For all of his theatrics and antics on the pitch, Diego Costa scores goals. In his three seasons at Stamford Bridge so far, the bullish striker has scored 54 goals, recording a goals to games ratio of 0.56 in those that he has started. That’s a pretty impressive record!

Moreover, in those three seasons, Costa has scored twenty or more goals in two separate campaigns. Not only does this show that the current Chelsea striker is a consistent performer, but he is also a menace in the opposition’s penalty area.

Although it’s true to say that Costa only managed 12 goals in the 2015-2016 campaign, I think we can all agree that he wasn’t the only Chelsea player who performed below their usual standards that season. I won’t name and shame.

For me, one of the key elements to winning a Premier League title is a consistent centre-forward who will get you 20 plus goals a season. Costa is that! So, why are we so eager to get rid of him?

Formation

Playing in a 3-4-3 formation for the Blues last year, Costa flourished for the Premier League champions. With Hazard and Pedro using the attacker as a human shield to penetrate the opposition’s defense, Chelsea scored a total of 85 goals, the second highest in the league.

Diego Costa’s performances for Chelsea last year act as proof that Conte’s 3-4-3 formation needs a robust centre-forward who holds up play and fights tooth and nail for every ball. Therefore, if the Blues are set to offload Costa and bring in Morata, as the Guardian reports, the Italian manager would need to totally change his winning formation.

As brilliant a player as Álvaro Morato looks, he is no Diego Costa. Measuring in at 6 ft 2 inches, Diego Costa’s fellow countryman is a lofty guy. However, you can hardly say that the current Real Madrid forward is as imposing and physical in his play as Costa, a player who makes Roy Keane look like a whimpering kitten.

As a result, if Chelsea were to bring in Morata from Real Madrid, the club would need a bigger striker to partner the Spaniard and change to a 3-4-1-2 formation. At the minute, Fernando Llorente appears to be this player, reports the Evening Standard. It was his 15 goals for Swansea last season that kept Paul Clement’s side in the Premier League.

But, what’s the problem of changing formation I hear you ask? The problem is that two attacking players would have to be sacrificed. This means that either Pedro and Willian, Pedro and Hazard, or Willian and Hazard would be relegated to the bench for the majority of games, with only one central attacking position available.

Not only would this upset two of our star players, it would also limit the speed at which the team as a whole is able to counter-attack and, as we saw last season, the oncoming rush of Hazard and Pedro is almost impossible to stop.

Looking at this, is the prospect of playing two strikers a problematic one?

Targets

As we established in the section above, if Chelsea are to continue playing Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 formation, we must sign a physically imposing centre-forward who, like Costa, will score 20 or more goals and season and, like Costa, bully Premier League defenders. So, let’s look at the options.

At this present moment in time, there are only two strikers who I believe could replace Costa as Chelsea’s focal point in attack. These are Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuaín and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Both of these strikers have phenomenal scoring records for their respective clubs, and would both rise to the challenge of battling Ryan Shawcross at the Britannia/bet365 Stadium on a rainy night in Stoke.

However, if Chelsea are to poach either of these strikers from their respective clubs, it is going to take an ASTRONOMICAL sum of money to tempt either club to even consider selling their prized asset.

Why put ourselves through all the hassle when we already have a world class striker on the books already?

Yes, it appears that Diego Costa will be an Atlético Madrid player by the beginning of next season if you are to believe the Independent. However, can we be certain that this is for the best?

Leave you thoughts in the comments below.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Costa is phenomenon in chelsea campaign, I quietly agreed he is stubborn atimes in the field, but yo be frank he has the lion he played with everything in him,he gives defenders restless play in the box area.
    I don’t think is a wise decisions to upload him because of his behaviour in the field, that can be control.
    He is a good striker, he control ball and composed himself in eighteen yard box, he must just stay.

  2. I so much love Costa, once he steps on the pitch he plays like a warrior, always serious about the game, Costa is irreplaceable. Costa is not a selfish striker, he like others to score too

  3. Fully agree Ron Brown with your statement, “… seemed to become greedy with the ball , when passing to a fellow player was by far a better option.”
    (For this fact alone I’m so pleased we didn’t obtain Lukaku). The striker we select should be CHELSEA FC through and through and strive 100% for trophies for the club. All others with individual glory in mind should be released to move on. This has nothing to do with individual talent or comparisons of statistics … it has everything to do with ‘team membership’ and ‘club respect’. Our Championship pride should be worn together throughout every match next season … and our football soul should never be tarnished by any player … no matter how individually talented.

  4. COASTA IS A PERFECT FOR CHELSEA . EVEN LUKAKU CAN’T FILL THAT VOID. SO MY CLUB SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY MISTAKE OF LOOSE D BULL COS 4 ME HE IS D BEST EVER.

  5. Chelsea are making a huge mistake by letting Diego go. I don’t go public with comments but as he is my big, big Hero I need to say something.
    Yes he has a temper. He has that edge which is what you need. He also gets the job done. Chelsea are back in the Champions League next season and they will struggle without him. Conte is frustrated with the lack of signings this summer. He will be more frustrated when he realises how much he needs Costa. Who else can bully the defences like he can??

  6. Hi,

    I love Antonio Conte. I also love Diego Costa. He may lack discipline of the pitch but on the pitch he is close to Drogba . No one can be Drogba NOT even Lukaku.
    I am so happy Lukaku did not join Chelsea .
    Now Antinio made a tactical error being new to Chelsea Club to send a text to Diego. It is RECTIFIABLE and REDEEMABLE.
    Roman has Miss Marina to step in and work out a deal for Diego . I love Roman for NO ONE knows better after all it is Roamn’s Chelsea. I WANT DIEGO TO STAY AND YOUR ARTICLE IS RIGUT ON THE MONEY.
    DIEGO BELONGS TO CHELSEA FOR ATNMEAST ONE MORE SEASON AND THAT WILL PROVIDE AMOLE TIME FOR CHELSEA TO BRING A STRIKER WHO LOVES CHELSEA LIKE DROGBA , JT and LAMPARD AND BALLACK AND PETER CHECK. We do NOT WANT GUYS LIKE LUKAKU WHO WANTS TO PAY $10m more to HIS AGENT AND NOT HAVE LIVE FOR THE CLUB FOR WHOM HE PLAYS FOOTBALL.
    IT IS CORROSIVE TO THE FOOTBALL SOUL
    AND THE FOOTBALL SPIRIT IS CONTAMINATED.
    Lukaku is a corrupt footballer and DOES NOT BELONG TO CHELSEA CLUB.
    Diego belongs to the Chelsea Club .
    We want DIEGO TO STAY AND CONTINUE TO SHOW HIS GOAL SCORING MAGIC IN THE PITCH.
    Antonio knows better and he got caught off guard and should have never sent the text to Diego.
    Miss Marina and the The technical director both should step in and mediate the matter and get Diego and Antonio on excellent terms and understanding for one more year.
    It is doable.
    Thank you for writing an excellent article .

  7. Your comments are interesting, but what you are neglecting to say is that towards the end of last season, Costa became far less potent then he was at the beginning of the season.
    Why is this? There is no way forward if Diego is not giving 100% effort for the team, also during this period he seemed to become greedy with the ball , when passing to a fellow player was by far a better option.
    Finally you are assuming that Antonio Conte has no option of how he would harness of his chosen striker citing Ryan Shawcross , as some impossible stumbling block, many other strikers have out smarted Ryan without having to physically. Having to confront him and have scored or laid on passes to penitrate his defence.
    For my money better to have a striker who is willing to die for the cause then a striker who blows hot and cold and is at any moment likely to get red carded in a crucial game. Give me another option every time, I don’t believe once the January transfer window is open that Costa is going to be willing to die for Chelsea’s cause especially if we are not at the forefront of points .

  8. Although, Costa is a world class player, he has an attitude problem! That’s football for u! Chelsea should please give him another chance! It is very difficult to see a player like his kind!

  9. Costa for me, I agree totally, make up and go for it now back in champions league Costa is crucial for cfc.
    Out of all their targets they have been looking at including Lukaku, I would not change Costa with any of them. Only Lewidoski, and I would say they are equal!

  10. I don’t agree in the sale of Costa.It will bring a big problem in our attack machinery.Costa is really needed at this point and time. Iron out the differences and gave the fans some hope.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here