Pundit: This Chelsea striker needs to show more aggression
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour wants Diego Costa to show more aggression
Ray Parlour has urged Diego Costa to reintroduce some of his trademark intensity back into the Chelsea striker’s game.
The Spain international has been in scintillating form in the 2016-17 season so far after a return of 14 goals in 19 Premier League games under new manager Antonio Conte.
Costa, who did not feature in the 3-0 win at Leicester on Saturday, failed to score in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur as the Blues saw their 13-game winning run come to an abrupt end.
The 28-year-old scored 20 times in 26 games in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign in 2014-15 as Jose Mourinho led the west London outfit to the top-flight crown in his first season in the Premier League.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Up Front podcast, former Arsenal midfielder Parlour offered Costa some advice heading into the second half of the title race.
“I know Costa is trying not to get booked but it takes something from his game. He’s got to be a little more aggressive,” Parlour said.
“I could see him pulling out of tackles against Tottenham. Sometimes you’ve got to leave one on the centre-half and let him know you’re around.”
Chelsea have only lost to title rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in the 2016-17 season.
The Blues finished in tenth place in the Premier League table last term after a poor defence of their top-flight crown.