Chelsea’s poor form has prompted the management to look at a possibility of letting some players go by January, and after Eden Hazard was tipped by many to be amongst such players, another surprising name has yet joined the list in first-choice forward, Diego Costa. The Spaniard’s season has been poor by all standards, from reasons ranging to his always-bad temperament, the bans he faces as a result, and his lack of the finishing qualities he boasted of last season.
Costa has just 3 goals to his name across all competitions this season, a shadow of the record he held last term when he netted 20 League goals in his debut season. Though the season is just 12 games old, but Chelsea might not have to wait much longer before they show him the exit door if he doesn’t get back to his scoring form, and a Winter departure might await him.
The team are currently 16th on the log and just like their defense department have come under criticisms, their attack too has been of great concern, with the trio of of Loic Remy, Radamel Facao and Costa having just 3 League goals in-between them.
Costa has particularly been singled out by pundits and fans alike for his antics with opposing team defenders, as he has made it a duty to cause an upset and fight them rather than concentrate on getting the goals. The 27 year-old also risks facing a ban for his latest bad behavior, as he is likely to answer to charges by the F.A for stepping on a Stoke City steward during last weekend’s League game.
Reports also say that Roman Abramovich is concerned that the player’s antics are painting Chelsea’s reputation bad and won’t hesitate to consider a replacement by January if he keeps getting bad on both ends of goals and behaviors. Arsenal legend, Ian Wright also believes the player must be discarded as soon as the opportunity arises.
‘I would sell him at the first opportunity I get for Costa. I’d sell him. As brilliant as he was in the first season, he’s playing a lot differently now. He’s antagonised at the moment. If I was a defender I would just keep talking to him, it takes him away from his game. When he first got here he was concentrated on scoring goals and being in the box, now he’s doing everything else. He’s outside the box and getting involved with people. At this moment, he’s the last centre forward Chelsea need.’