Why Diego Costa can be the next Drogba, not Torres, at Chelsea

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

The Atletico Madrid poacher is being touted with a move to Stamford Bridge; he has all the qualities to be a success in west London.

Reports in both the British and Spanish media over the last 48 hours are claiming that Chelsea have finally made an approach for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, with the lethal striker looking increasingly likely to head to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Blues have been in real need of a clinical goalscorer, with the three options at Jose Mourinho’s disposal this season failing to inspire much confidence.

Over the years Chelsea have splurged big money on high-profile strikers, with a fair share of successes and some epic failures also.

The likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Didier Drogba have been the best in leading the Blues’ frontline, with the iconic Ivorian in particular holding a place dear in the fans’ hearts.

These successes have been offset by the failures, with Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres arriving as two of the best strikers in the world game but not able to show it for the club.

If and when Costa does join the Blues, a world of expectation will be on his shoulders next term, with the Spain international charged with leading the club to silverware.

However, there is every chance that the Brazilian-born centre forward can do just that.

There have been some similarities between the players that have done well in leading the line for Chelsea and notable comparisons of those that have not.

Drogba and Hasselbaink were strong, physical frontmen who had the ability to hold the ball up and go toe-to-toe with opposition defenders.

They both had frightening shooting ability, offered an aerial threat and posed as a player of stature leading the line. Costa has all these qualities.

Confidence is a key issue in the game, and Shevchenko and Torres showed a real lack of it playing for the Blues. The pair’s heads went down after severe criticism, which made it next-to-impossible to recover from.

The nature of Costa’s penalty strike in the recent Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge shows that the Atletico man is not short of self-belief.

He has had to endure intense criticism over his national allegiance and been chastised in the media as a result. He has been manhandled by opposition defenders and written off – but still he delivers.

In Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 formation, Costa has all the necessary attributes to be a rip-roaring success as the side’s loan frontman and get the goals that have been lacking this term.

Although not a done deal just yet officially, Chelsea look to be investing wisely in a player that has the skillset to be their next Drogba or Hasselbaink.

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