“No player is bigger than the club and no player is bigger than the manager”.
This is a fundamental managerial principles that has stuck to my football brain and popularized by legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The principle creates room for argument, but only to the fact that the football world has kowtowed to player power.
In retrospect, about two decades ago it was hard to imagine a player earn more than a manager or even command much influence in the dressing room. It was rare to see a player being very disruptive to team harmony just for the sake of requesting a transfer. How bizarre things have become and how rapidly football perspectives have changed. Definitely, the hate relationship between Conte and Costa won’t be the last in the history of football.
Conte’s will to exert his influence at Chelsea meant he needed to tame ‘the animal’ in Costa, of which it has proved problematic. The Spanish striker’s villainous attitude almost cost Chelsea the title last season and Conte decision to do away with him has brought consternation. However, the Italian is winning the fight as the striker’s desired move to Athletico Madrid is yet to materialise. But for the good of Chelsea both men need to call truce.
The Spanish striker’s recall to the team would be a huge plus and here are three reasons why:
BOOST TO OUR STRIKING FORCE:
With Costa, we are sure of another attacking threat and dynamism in the final third and attacking play. You’d argue his heart is not at the club, but he also knows that if he doesn’t play well, the lesser his chances of securing the move he wants. His form and fitness for Chelsea will be crucial between now and January, when the transfer window reopens.
Costa has been Chelsea’s top scorer in his past three seasons at the club and is capable of contributing 20 goals for the team. Such scoring prowess could ease the pressure on Morata and Batshuayi as all three can give Chelsea’s attack a new dynamism this season.
FORMIDABLE STRIKING PARTNERSHIP WITH MORATA:
The presence of the combative striker could also see Chelsea have one of most formidable striking partnership in the league. The striking duo can strike a complementing striking partnership that could unsettle defenders, add force and impetus to Chelsea’s attack, and supply the goals we need to trump our title rivals.
Costa’s omission from our Champions League squad is a clear statement from Chelsea and it could mean he might never play again for Chelsea but nothing is impossible in the world of football.
Let’s hope for a truce and all the best for Chelsea.