Chelsea have started the season in fine form and are top of the Premier League after the 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Former Arsenal striker-turned-pundit Ian Wright believes Diego Costa is the reason why Chelsea have started the season in fine form.
“Costa is in the form of his life right now and is the reason, above all others, why Chelsea are on the top of the table,” Wright wrote in his column for The Sun.
“There are plenty of people who reckon it’s all down to the fact he has calmed down – and they point to no bookings since the Arsenal defeat two months ago as proof.
“Yet to me, even when Costa was picking up yellow cards, he remained massively in control.
“Yes, he landed in the referee’s notebook plenty of times but he always knew how far to push.
“He’d have picked up far more than a single red card in his time at Stamford Bridge if that wasn’t the case.
“Diego is always going to be one of those players who Chelsea fans adore and the rest absolutely detest.
“Costa is a player who gets in the psyche of defenders even before they are on the pitch. Someone they’ll be thinking of days before the game.”