Undoubtedly a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge given his lack of respect for opponents, clinical goalscoring and feisty edge, Diego Costa has been a wonderful signing for Chelsea since arriving from Atletico Madrid last summer.
With a Premier League goalscoring record of 21 goals in 29 appearances to date, Costa has managed to succeed where the likes of Fernando Torres and Andriy Shevchenko have failed in the past.
This is why it’s all the more surprising why both Costa and the rest of his Chelsea team-mates haven’t really started the 2015/16 season in the scintillating way we were expecting them to.
Criticised for taking their eye off the ball, Chelsea’s players still look like they’re on their holidays at the moment after winning the Premier League title in fantastic fashion last term and maybe the international break came at the perfect time for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Particularly in the Blues’ 3-0 humbling away at Manchester City, Costa drew much criticism from the Chelsea faithful for going over the top with his protests against not only the referee but squaring up to the Citizens’ players in the process.
When Chelsea are winning, Costa’s antics are all well and good but when things aren’t going to plan, the Spanish international’s temper tantrums can prove a burden somewhat.
Having scored his first goal of the season away to West Bromwich Albion, Costa needs to concentrate on doing that much more often to help haul the Blues back up the table from an unfamiliar 13th position at present.
With the international break doing little to inspire anybody apart from Wales and Northern Ireland fans at the moment, we’re taking this moment today to devise five facts about Chelsea’s colourful striker that you may not have known already.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 things you didn’t know about Chelsea striker Diego Costa.