Paul Merson: This Chelsea star is player of the season, he’s been outstanding

Paul Merson singles out Diego Costa as the Premier League's player of the season so far this term

Paul Merson has picked Diego Costa as the player of the season so far following his sparkling displays for Chelsea.

The Spanish striker has been in sublime form for the west London club so far this season and has played a key role in helping Chelsea build a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The 28-year-old has scored 14 goals and made five assists in the Premier League so far this term to help Antonio Conte’s men establish themselves as the firm favourites to win the title this season.

Costa is widely regarded to be one of the top strikers in Europe, and former Arsenal star Merson feels that the Spaniard has been the Premier League’s top performer so far this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “I’m going to go for Costa. He’s been outstanding. I think he’s the one who has been dragging Chelsea along when they were winning but weren’t playing that well.

“He’s scoring important goals and is head and shoulders above what he was last year.”

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Chelsea finished in 10th place in the Premier League last season after a season to forget for the Blues.

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