Chelsea legend: What has really impressed me about Diego Costa
The former Chelsea winger has been impressed with Diego Costa's disciplinary record in recent weeks
Pat Nevin has revealed his surprise that Chelsea striker Diego Costa has managed to walk a disciplinary tightrope in the Premier League this season.
The Spain international managed to avoid picking up a fifth yellow card and receiving a suspension despite his abrasive style of play in recent weeks.
Costa has been in brilliant form in the 2016-17 season so far after the 28-year-old striker scored his 12th Premier League goal against West Bromwich Albion.
The former Atletico Madrid striker has rediscovered his best form under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte since the Italian’s appointment in the summer.
Ex Chelsea winger Nevin heaped praise on Costa in his column on the club’s website.
“It makes it doubly impressive that Diego has managed to walk that tightrope of yellow cards for so long now,” Nevin said.
“He needs one more for a suspension but if he survives four more games the threshold changes to 10 yellows and he can breathe again, for a while. Obviously his value was blatantly obvious at the weekend when he converted the only real decent opportunity of the game.
“Actually he made it himself, converted it and it wasn’t really a decent opportunity from that angle anyway, it was still an outside chance at best. So it was a bit special considering the impressive organisation and numbers up against him throughout the game.”
Costa moved to Chelsea in a £32m deal from Atletico Madrid in 2014 after he helped los Rojiblancos win La Liga in 2013-14.
The Spanish forward netted 20 times in 26 games in their title-winning campaign under former manager Jose Mourinho.
The Blues finished in tenth place in the table last season.