Diego Costa is going to be an extremely important player for Chelsea this season.
The perception of Costa is that he’s going to add grit, aggression and presence to the Chelsea attack, which was missing last season.
However, he showed against Vitesse Arnhem in a friendly last night that he’s a far more subtle player, capable of dropping off from the top of the attack to get involved in the more creative and passing build up play.
It’s important not to get too carried away with Chelsea’s win because the calibre of the opposition in Vitesse was lower than the Blues are likely to face on a weekly basis in the Premier League.
However, there’s plenty to be positive about in relation to Costa’s performance as he showed great awareness and maturity in the final third of the pitch when other strikers would definitely have been much more selfish.
He will be challenged in the Premier League in different ways to what he’s experienced at Atletico Madrid and playing for the Spanish national side.
The physical element to defending could shock him and sides will look to get beneath his skin and force some disciplinary errors.
What he does have going for him is that he’s building momentum which breeds confidence and he has a great boss in the form of Jose Mourinho who will know exactly how to handle him in relation to important games.
If he can convert chances with regularity and start accumulating goals as well as providing them, Chelsea have a well balanced attack which is capable of winning multiple pieces of silverware once the competitive action gets under way.
Here’s what Blues fans made of his performance on social media site Twitter.
What has surprised me about #Costa is for a big power guy his all round play is really good. Also is it just me or is he actually quite fast— Ash Habib (@ash_habib) July 30, 2014
A very satisfying performance from the blues, city great performances from Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic.— George (@TheCescChip) July 30, 2014
Well played Diego Costa, really impressive performance— Lee (@LeeParsons9) July 30, 2014