Graeme Souness: What’s different about Chelsea striker Diego Costa

The Liverpool legend delivers his verdict on Chelsea striker Diego Costa after his eighth of the season

Graeme Souness says the secret to Diego Costa’s brilliant start to the season is that the Chelsea striker has stopped trying to intimidate players and has focused on scoring goals.

The Spain international netted the west London side’s second goal in a 2-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s after Eden Hazard’s superb opener on Sunday afternoon.

Costa has now scored eight times in 10 Premier League games this term to leave the Spanish centre-forward at the top of the division’s goal-scoring charts ahead of Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku.

The 28-year-old scored 20 times in 26 games in Chelsea’s title-winning season in 2014-15 but the £32m signing netted just 12 times in the Premier League last term.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder believes Costa has returned to doing what he does best – scoring goals – under new manager Antonio Conte.

“Diego Costa has gone from the player last year that wanted to show how tough he is and bully anyone on the pitch. He forgot about playing football and scoring goals. He is fabulous,” Souness told Sky Sports on Sunday evening.

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

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The Blues striker won the Premier League and the League Cup in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

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