Diego Costa had a terrible 2014 World Cup campaign for Spain.
Following a stellar 2013-14 season in which the 25-year-old scored 27 goals in La Liga and eight in the Champions League for Atletico Madrid, the striker headed to Brazil set to make history.
However, Costa failed, and failed terribly – as did Spain, who lost their opening two matches in Group B and failed to progress to the last 16.
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However, that did not deter Chelsea, who have agreed a deal with Atletico to sign the former Braga man for a reported transfer fee of £32 million.
Costa has been on the radar of the Blues for quite a while now, and even before the World Cup got underway, it became apparent that he was going to play under manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone has been credited with getting the best out of Costa, who is a late bloomer, but at 25 he still has a lot to offer to his new club.
The Argentine boss has now backed the Brazilian-born Spain international to improve at Chelsea and develop even further.
‘He can still get a lot better, keep growing’, Simeone told Goal.com. ‘He’s at an age where he can continue to improve, so let’s hope he can develop further... I see a player very much on the way up and I’m sure he’ll be a success’.
Costa has stepped up in the past 18 or so months. He is not exactly a ‘genius’ in the same way that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are, but the forward’s attributes are perfect for Chelsea and the way they play under Mourinho.
Last season, Mourinho lamented the lack of a goalscoring striker in his squad, as Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba all misfired and lacked consistency.
In Costa, the Portuguese boss will get a player who will be his targetman similar to what he had at Chelsea in his first spell (Didier Drogba) and at Inter Milan (Diego Milito).
Costa will give the team a focal point – his aggressive style of play, ability to hold the ball up front, bring his teammates into play and score goals will certainly go down well with Mourinho’s footballing philosophy.
Doubts remain whether Costa will succeed in the Premier League given his abject performance for Spain in Brazil, but one should remember that he is not the ‘tiki-taka’ kind of player that La Furia Roja want.
Costa is a player who will thrive under Mourinho, whose decision to sign the forward was never going to hinge on his World Cup display.