Three reasons why Chelsea shouldn’t sell Diego Costa
Chelsea should resist the temptation to sell Diego Costa this summer. Here are three reasons why...
Deserves a final chance
It’s easy to forget that Diego Costa could do no wrong in his first season in the Premier League – at least in the eyes of Chelsea’s supporters. The Spain international’s return of 20 goals in 27 top-flight games was enough to secure Chelsea’s fourth Premier League crown. A disappointing return of 12 goals in the 2015/16 campaign suggested Costa was under the weather, suffering from second season syndrome. Given his previous goal-scoring and title-winning form for the Blues, Costa deserves another season to make amends for what was a poor season for all concerned last term.
Conte can revive Costa’s form
Atletico Madrid are the club being heavily linked with a move for the controversial striker. Los Rojiblancos sold Costa to Chelsea in a £32m deal in 2014 fresh from winning La Liga thanks in part to the striker’s return of 27 goals in 35 games. While there’s no question that of all his managers so far, Diego Simeone has managed to extract the best performances from Costa. Conte, like Simeone, is an intense operator who demands the absolute maximum from his players. Their touchline demeanours are similar – neither manager is afraid to express their anger or disappointment at one of their own players. While this might not suit a fragile player such as Eden Hazard, Costa appears to thrive in such conditions.
More attacking options the better
Michy Batshuayi’s £34m arrival at Stamford Bridge from Ligue 1 side Marseille has only served to intensify speculation that Costa could be on his way out. However, given Chelsea’s well-documented woes up front last season, the more attacking options the better for Conte. With reports the new Blues manager could turn to a 4-2-4 formation this coming season, there should be room for both Batshuayi and Costa up front.