Since the hay days of Didier Drogba, Chelsea haven’t had it lucky with signing a striker. The likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres are big star names that have failed to live up to expectations at the club, and more recently Alvaro Morata has joined the club of high profile players to struggle at Chelsea.
Diego Costa was one player who made Stamford Bridge roar; his passion and drive suited Chelsea’s style of play and he was even a big name player.
Costa scored 59 goals in 120 appearances for Chelsea, helping the club win two Premier League titles and the FA Cup before returning to Atletico Madrid.
Costa had a sad ending to his Chelsea career after falling out with Antonio Conte and the former Blues boss told him via text that he did not have a future at Stamford Bridge anymore.
This season, Chelsea are struggling for goals, and Maurizio Sarri’s side are the least scoring team in the top six, with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud unable to produce the goals consistently, which has made Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard as a striker.
Former England international and Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has told Chelsea to break the banks and re-sign Costa.
“Chelsea have scored the fewest goals of the top six sides,” Crouch said in a column for the Daily Mail.
“A return of 38 from 21 matches isn’t enough to win you a title, no matter how good your defence is.
“The one thing you need is someone to score you 30 goals and they do not have a player like Harry Kane, Mo Salah or Sergio Aguero.
“Not so long ago, they did. Diego Costa would absolutely transform Chelsea’s fortunes and, if it was down to me, I’d break the bank to re-sign him.
“You can talk about Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema, but I think Costa would be the one to take Chelsea where they want to be.
“There was something about the way Costa’s career finished at Stamford Bridge that doesn’t sit right. I know there were huge problems between him and Antonio Conte, but even so, it seemed like they didn’t put up any kind of fight to keep him.”
Crouch revealed that he even learnt from watching clips of Costa who was a beast while playing in the Premier League.
“Costa is a striker with everything and someone I used to study at great length,” he added.
“Yes, he is a good bit younger than me, but in this profession you can never stop learning and I would watch footage of him — and Kane, for that matter — to see how it could help me.
“Some might not like his aggressive style but to see him play is compelling.
“Ryan Shawcross, my team-mate at Stoke, said he used to love facing Costa as he knew from the first minute it would be a fight and he would be taken to the limits physically. Costa gave it, but he could also take it.
“He could also score. When Chelsea won the title in 2015 under Jose Mourinho, Costa was formidable. He was even better in 2017 when Conte turned them into champions again.
“Had he been available to Sarri for 2019, who knows what might have happened?”