Pundit: The difference between Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Man United striker

Phill Babb explains why he prefers Chelsea forward Diego Costa over Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Chelsea striker Diego Costa Photo: The Sport Review

Phill Babb has admitted that he would take Chelsea striker Diego Costa over Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Both Costa and Ibrahimovic have been in prolific form in the 2016-17 Premier League season for their respective club sides.

The Spain international has scored 17 goals and has made five assists in 29 appearances in the Premier League this season.

However, Costa’s tally matches that of Manchester United’s summer signing Ibrahimovic, who has sparkled in his first Premier League campaign.

Ibrahimovic has netted 17 of the Red Devils’s 42 goals in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.

Former Republic of Ireland defender Babb has explained why Costa’s more physical approach appeals to the Sky Sports pundit more than Ibrahimovic.

“Because of age and that fire I’ve got to go for Costa. He’s going to give you a lot more. Ibra’s going to call it a day in 12 months or whatever but Costa is a bit of a leader,” Babb told Sky Sports News HQ.

“You want him up front when it’s a scruffy game, you know he’s going to put himself about. You don’t always get that from Zlatan.”

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Costa scored 20 times in 27 games to help Chelsea to win the Premier League title in 2014-15 season.

Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, moved to Manchester United in a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in last summer’s transfer window.

Chelsea are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and 18 points ahead of Manchester United in fifth place.

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