There have been rumours that Diego Costa wants to go and has handed in a transfer request. The aim being to manufacture a move back to Athletico Madrid. Whilst it is unsettling to hear that our top scorer last season may want to leave it is not surprising.
The question is given his baggage, is he worth keeping?
Diego Costa is a controversial character on and off the pitch. On the pitch, he can start an argument with his shadow. Off the pitch he shunned his country of birth and represent Spain. A move that led to uproar.
Whether Costa wants to stay or not is he worth keeping?
Passion and fire is a great thing but a player that cannot maintain some level of consistency in behaviour can be an issue. Combined with his injury record a player that you may lose for a quarter of the average season quickly becomes a liability.
The problem is that when he is fit and in the right mindset he scores goals, lots of them. Despite his troubles last season he recovered to become the Blues top scorer and should he stay and be focused, he has proven that he can get it done in the Premier League.
Replacement Options If Costa Wants To Go
The problem with systems Chelsea have played in the past is that they only allow one striker. This limits the amount of back-up you can have available. Chelsea have already bought a striker so maybe they have seen this coming and planned for any outcome.
Chelsea have signed Michy Batshuayi from Marseille. At 22 he is an eye to the future, but if Costa wants to go, then we have a high profile backup.
Costa is always a divider of opinion and despite the goals the latest round of speculation does it for us. We only want players who want to be here to wear the shirt. If Costa leaves then he will command a monster fee.
After all he is a proven goal-scorer in Europe’s top leagues, that drives opposition fans crazy.