Alan Shearer explains how Diego Costa has improved under Chelsea manager

The Newcastle legend has been impressed with Diego Costa's start to the season for Chelsea

Alan Shearer believes Chelsea star Diego Costa is looking like a top striker again.

The Blues forward has rediscovered some of his best form under the Italian manager after Conte was appointed as Guus Hiddink’s permanent successor in the summer.

Costa scored 11 times in his opening 14 Premier League games under the ex Juventus boss to help Chelsea hoist themselves to the top of the table.

The Spain international cancelled out Gary Cahill’s own goal last weekend as the centre-forward helped Chelsea ease to a 3-1 victory over their title rivals Manchester City.

Former England and Newcastle United striker Shearer heaped praise on the Spanish striker after his impressive start to the current campaign.

“Diego Costa was the player everyone loved to hate last season but now he looks as if he is really enjoying his football again,” Shearer told Coral.

“He is back to his best, and he is aggressive in the right way.

“Just look how he bullied the Man City defence last weekend in the second half.

“His change of attitude is down to the team’s confidence right now.

“They’re winning, everything is going well, and he is bringing his team mates into the game.”

Costa moved to Chelsea in a £32m deal from La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in the 2014 summer transfer window.

The Spanish forward scored 20 times in 26 appearances in the Premier League during his first season at Stamford Bridge.

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The Blues finished in tenth place last term as Costa struggled for form.

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