Is Diego Costa the best Premier League signing of this summer?


With a whopping 835 million spent in the summer transfer window of the 2014-15 Season, every premier league manager has been eagerly looking to see whether their shopping spree has proved to be effective. Alexis Sanchez netted twice in four games, Cesc Fabregas provided 6 assists, Mario Balotelli had a good first game, Angel Di Maria scored one and assisted one and Ander Herrera scored one and assisted twice but with a sumptuous 7 goals in first 4 appearances, including a hat-trick and a premier league player of the month trophy, is Chelsea’s Diego Costa the best premier league signing of this summer?

Summer Signings

English Premier League witnessed some lavish contracts being signed by flamboyant names. New faces include Ander Herrera, Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis, Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez, Lazar Markovic, Eliaquim Mangala, Daley Blind, Mario Balotelli. While most of the players are still settling with the premier league atmosphere, Diego Costa is already on the top of score sheet with 7 goals to his name.

Diego Costa receiving the Premier League player of the month trophy of August 2014
Diego Costa receiving the Premier League player of the month trophy of August 2014

Chelsea’s Summer Transfer Window

In the current Chelsea team, Diego Costa is of immense importance. After the departure of their hero Didier Drogba, Chelsea always needed a proper striker upfront for the last three years. Fernando Torres turned out to be a showstopper. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s “special one” returned to the club after 6-long years and immediately started renovating the team. In the summer transfer window, Chelsea have released, sold and loaned out 18 of their players including David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku. Among the six players arrived were Spaniards Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, French striker Loic Remy and Chelsea’s celebrated hero, Didier Drogba. Costa was the first choice for the striker and he proved his caliber by becoming the second player to score in each of the first four premier league games, including a hat-trick against Swansea. Cesc Fabregas assisted six times in the first four games, which makes him the first player ever to assist in six consecutive premier league games. He claimed assists in his final two Premier League games before leaving Arsenal.

Importance of Costa in the current Chelsea Team

While Diego Costa may not be the one greatest player to play the game or may not even be one of the best strikers, he’s an impeccable fit in the current Chelsea squad. Despite having a great team, Chelsea had a trophy less last season. They lost points against mid-table teams. They conceded easily and couldn’t find the proper last touch in front of the 6-yard box. A shocking home defeat against Sunderland made them third in the league table last year.

However, in the first four games of the 2014-15 season, Chelsea have scored 11 times. They have scored 6 times against at Goodison Park against an organized Everton defense. They came back from behind to score four against Swansea, sealing 3 points. Chelsea is finally scoring the goals they used to miss last year. Sitting on the top of the table with a 5 point lead against the defending champions, this could well be Chelsea’s season under Jose.