Jamie Redknapp explains why Chelsea star Diego Costa could miss out on award

Jamie Redknapp delivers his verdict on Diego Costa's start to the Premier League season under Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Jamie Redknapp feels that Diego Costa could miss out on the PFA player of the year award because the Chelsea strike divides opinion.

The Spanish forward continued his fine form in the Premier League on Sunday when he scored Chelsea’s opener in their 2-0 win over Hull City at Stamford Bridge to help the Blues move eight points clear at the top of the table.

Costa is now leading the way at the top of the scoring charts along with Alexis Sanchez, having scored 15 goals in the top flight so far this season.

However, after the controversy that has shrouded the striker at times this season, Redknapp feels that Costa is not guaranteed to win the PFA player of the year prize.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Redknapp said: “If you had to pick the Player of the Year right now it would have to be Diego Costa — but he would certainly be a winner who divides opinion.

“Costa is in blistering form and in terms of his contribution to Chelsea’s title bid, where he has scored 15 goals, it is difficult to see who would beat him.

“But after the events of the last week there would surely be several professionals who could not vote for the striker.

“Costa polarises opinion as much as Luis Suarez, who won Player of the Year in 2013-14 after returning from a ban for biting.

“There are suggestions that Costa is unmanageable — but at his best he is unplayable.”

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Chelsea are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table and are the firm favourites to win the title this term.

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