When referee Jon Moss showed Diego Costa a yellow card against Crystal Palace, one thing became clear to himself, the manager and every Chelsea fan — he would miss the next game against Bournemouth, which comes up on Boxing Day, December 26th.
Costa have been an important part of the Chelsea rejuvenation this season, and the fact he has scored 13 goals in 17 league games only shows the kind of form the forward is in. Costa have bailed Chelsea on so many occasions this season, and his predatory instinct has rescued the team with the vital 3 points many times this season.
Against Crystal Palace, it took a header from Costa (which was Chelsea’s first shot on target) to put Chelsea in front, in a game that looked like it was heading to a draw. His goal against West Brom also showed his importance to the team, as he bailed the team out when everyone thought we were heading to a bore draw against a well-drilled Tony Pulis’ defence.
Costa’s importance to Chelsea is well-documented, and the fact he has played every league game this season is enough proof. But isn’t it time for him to get a rest?
Costa has suffered from a minor knock on two occasions this season, and one of them made him miss the last round of international games for the Spanish national team. He’s also the second most fouled player in the league, and the energy he puts in every game surely does deserve some rest for him to recuperate.
The striker has shown great maturity and has changed from his confrontational and highly emotional approach to the game, and the fact he went almost a dozen number of games without being booked clearly shows the improvement he has made.
Costa will be back against Stoke City on the 31st of December, and he’ll be fresh, having had enough rest. Costa’s suspension might just be a blessing in disguise. Who knows?