Micky Quinn: Why Chelsea striker looks so good this season

Micky Quinn believes Diego Costa's summer break has benefited the Chelsea striker

Diego Costa’s summer break has helped the Chelsea striker hit the ground running this season, according to Micky Quinn.

The Spain international has been one of the west London side’s standout players in the 2016-17 Premier League season so far.

Costa scored Chelsea’s second goal in a 2-0 win against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium in their final game before the international break.

The 28-year-old centre-forward’s strike at Hull was the former Atletico Madrid man’s sixth goal in seven Premier League appearances.

Costa was omitted from Vicente del Bosque’s squad for their Euro 2016 campaign as reigning champions Spain lost to Italy in the last 16.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Quinn suggested that Costa’s absence from the European championship has helped the Chelsea striker make a brilliant start to the season.

“For Chelsea’s benefit him not going to the Euros with Spain and has proven good,” Quinn told the Alan Brazil Up Front podcast.

“He has had a rest. He has come back and looks recharged, focused, sharp, putting himself about and a constant threat. He is getting goals as well.”

Costa moved to Chelsea in a reported £32m deal from La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2014.

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The Blues forward scored 20 times in 26 top-flight appearances in the west London side’s title-winning campaign in 2015.

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