Two shots, one goal: Spaniard hits the ground running on Chelsea debut

Gary Cahill Chelsea Diego Costa Atletico

Diego Costa hit the ground running on his Premier League debut against Burnley on Monday, scoring with his first ever shot in the English top flight.

The Brazilian-born Spaniard left us in little doubt of his quality, taking centre-stage throughout the opening minutes of the match. His powerful, dynamic performance was enough to convince onlookers that he means business.

  MatchMatchdayTeamPosGoalsTotal Scoring AttBlocked Scoring AttShot Acc (%)Mins
Diego Costa Burnley vs Chelsea 01 Chelsea FW 1 2 1 50.00 90

As if his form in Spain was not enough to prove his quality, his prowess versus the Clarets was enough to send a message to even the Premier League’s toughest defences. Despite managing only the one clear strike at goal, he emerged from his side’s season opener with a goal to his name; an obvious sign that he is not a man who squanders chances – unlike some of those he has succeeded.

  Chances CreatedTotal PassesFwd PassesBackward PassesPass Acc (%)
Diego Costa 1 49 9 19 81.63

He was fully involved in the club’s win, dropping deep to collect possession and hold up the ball whenever required. With an 82% pass completion rate, he proved extremely effective at bring his midfield team-mates into play, as the final score line suggests. He played an integral role in Chelsea’s interchangeable attack.

  Dribble WonAerial WonDribble Succ (%)Aerial Succ (%)
Diego Costa 1 3 33.33 30.00

However, it seems the Spaniard still needs time to adapt to the physical nature of English football. He won just 27% of his contests throughout last night’s encounter, finding success in just three (of ten) headed duels and one (of three) attempted take-ons.

He was, of course, wrongly awarded a yellow card for diving in the penalty area. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a harsh decision by referee Michael Oliver, with replays suggesting Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton had made contact with the striker's leg, causing him to go down.

We saw positive signs throughout Costa's debut, and as he grows accustomed to his new surroundings, we are sure to see his performances improve. At £32million he looks an astute signing on Jose Mourinho’s behalf.

After all, he looks the perfect player to fire the London outfit to a fourth Premier League title.

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