When the pundits look to judge who has been the best signing of the 2014 summer window, the name of Diego Costa may well be at the top of the list. Naturally, it’s still very early in his Chelsea career but two goals in his opening two matches suggest that the Spanish international may have completed the final missing piece of Jose Mourinho’s title winning side.
After winning their opening games against Burnley and Leicester City, Chelsea became the new favourites with Matchbook to take the title at the end of the 2014-15 season. The club finished third last time out after claims from the manager that his team lacked a striker so Costa’s role in the current side is simply crucial.
Backed by Didier Drogba, the Brazilian born front man will hope to have a Premiership medal hanging around his neck but based on current form, he has a chance to secure some individual glory at the same time.
Golden Boot battles
Prior to the start of the new campaign, the so-called experts considered Liverpool striker and former Chelsea player Daniel Sturridge as the favourite to win the Golden Boot trophy as the Premier League’s leading goal scorer. Two games into the campaign however, that opinion has changed thanks to the efforts of our current number 19.
In 2013-14, Costa scored more league goals for Atletico Madrid than Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o managed between them for Chelsea. Cynics will say that the standards of defences in La Liga are weaker than those of the Premier League and they will also point to the fact that the Spanish international has so far only scored against newly promoted English sides.
However, the striker’s record against the bigger clubs in Spain was a good one and he also looked strong in pre-season for his new employers.
The challenging factors
The race for the Golden Boot is a fascinating one because there are so many ways in which an individual’s challenge can be derailed. Along with loss of form, suspensions and injury can all play their part and here is where Costa’s claims are already facing a problem.
News of the player’s hamstring issues are just starting to filter through and while Chelsea will only say that they are monitoring the situation, estimates suggest that the centre forward will be out of action for up to six weeks.
That’s a concern for Chelsea fans and a real shame on an individual level for a man who had started the campaign in such a positive manner. On the plus side, when he does return to action, it seems as if Mourinho will continue to trust Diego Costa as the lone striker with Drogba and possibly Torres providing back up from the bench.
Two goals in two against Leicester and Burnley indicate that the former Atleti man can push his new club to their fourth Premier league title and it should be a profitable season for Costa but on a personal level, can he put this injury setback behind him and make a challenge for the Golden Boot?