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Diego Costa’s status as a top forward has never been in doubt. Since as far back as his days in Atletico Madrid, even before his arrival at Stamford Bridge, he’s been hailed as one of the world’s best strikers. Apart from the horror of a season we had in 2015/16, when almost all our players were noticeably underwhelming, he has always been instrumental in our progress as a team. In his first season at Chelsea, he scored 20 league goals, and would have ended up top scorer in the division, save for a persistent hamstring problem. However, even with all those achievements and exploits, Diego Costa never had it as good as he’s currently doing at Stamford Bridge. After 15 league games so far this term, the Spain International already has 12 goals to his credit, but that’s not the only side to his game that has caught attentions this season; in addition to that impressive goal haul, Costa has recorded 5 assists to his name. That’s more than he managed throughout the 2015/16 season — his most impressive yet, and the season isn’t even half gone yet.

The other aspect of Costa’s game that has been eye- catching as well is his ball control. Before now, that part of the game was difficult for him, but so far this season, he’s been way better on the ball. He can now hold play, while his team mates get into great positions. We saw examples of this against Man City and West Brom.

Finally, his Temper. He used to be the league’s most hated player, because of his constant bust ups with opposition players, but that too has been outgrown, and he’s turning into everyone’s favorite striker again. Unlike in previous campaigns, he’s now gone more than 4 games without a single booking. Last season, he was suspended on multiple occasions, but this term, he’s not even gone on one suspension. That is very impressive, and tells about a player who’s matured. Costa is now more focused on playing, and that is something that has worked out well for him. I don’t know if it’s something Conte did or it’s down to his willingness to be a different player, but it’s working, and we all love the new Costa. Pundits have predicted that he’s key to our title bid, and that is obvious to see. With more match-winning performances like in our last 2 games, it’ll take some undoing to stop Chelsea from winning the EPL come May 2017.

About the Author

King Jay is a writer/broadcaster with years of experience under his belt. His love affair with Chelsea actually began as a joke, but today, he stands tall as a die-hard blue. What makes him perfect for this blog? He lives for Chelsea FC, in fact, I heard he sat in the middle of a road, and refused to go home after that bitter loss to Barcelona in 2009. Haha.