£30.8m former Chelsea striker tells new boy Costa to score early

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Andriy Shevchenko has given his backing to Diego Costa at Chelsea.

Chelsea were desperately short a world-class goalscorer last season, in fact, oit might have even cost them the Premier League title.

But this summer they have agreed a deal to snap up Spanish international striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. The Blues are willing to pay Los Colchoneros the full £32 million for the player who scored 35 goals last season - but also had a terrible World Cup in his Brazilian homeland.

However Jose Mourinho will hope the bullish striker can do a better job than some of the other big name strikers he had brought to Stamford Bridge over the years. Mateja Kezman, Hernan Crespo ... and of course, Andriy Shevchenko.

The Ukrainian arrived in London for a whopping £30.8 million, although it was heavily believed that Mourinho was never in fact a fan of this transfer.

So Costa, is actually costing more than it did to bring in Sheva from AC Milan, so where does the future - can he do better than the Ukrainian?

Shevchenko spent three years at the Bridge but scored just nine Premier League goals - a record that would make Fernando Torres wince.

After a loan spell back at AC Milan he left, returning to his home with a Dynamo Kiev switch.

And this weekend Shevchenko has some advice for Costa on how to settle in quickly at Chelsea - as reported in the Daily Star Sunday:

"The best thing for Costa is to score and score early. That will be important to him. The expectations from the fans and the club are very big so he needs to score and get going. I’m sure he will do well. I think he is a good striker and I like him."

Solid advice there from Shevchenko but one thing might concern Costa. Shevchenko scored on his debut for Chelsea - and it didn't seem to help him much at all.

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