Diego Costa took his Chelsea account to two goals on Saturday, scoring the opener in his side's 2-0 victory over Premier League new-boys Leicester City.
He played an instrumental role in attack, once again proving his expertise when playing as a lone striker. Costa is excellent at holding up possession, before bringing his midfield team-mates into the match and he displayed these qualities in Saturday's win, recording a pass completion rate of 77%, while fashioning three chances.
|Match||Matchday||Team||Pos||Chances Created||Total Passes||Pass Accuracy (%)||Mins|
|Diego Costa||Burnley vs Chelsea||01||Chelsea||FW||3||22||77.27||80|
Considering only a third of his successful passes saw the ball move forward, he plays the role to perfection. Recognising the need to utilise those in support behind, he has already established himself as the centre-forward Chelsea were crying-out for last term.
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Having netted for the second time in two matches, he has already smashed Fernando Torres' dubious record. His compatriot took 19 games to score two Premier League goals compared to Costa’s 100 per cent goals-per-game ratio. He managed three shots against Leicester, converting one of these attempts - a 33% success rate.
|Duel Success (%)||Aerial Success (%)||Dribble Success (%)||Tackle Success (%)|
Still adapting to the physical nature of the top flight, he won just 40% of his total contests. He suffered one foul and won one aerial duel, yet failed to register a single successful take on. Nonetheless, Costa is a Hulk-of-a-player and it will not be long until he cracks this side of the game in England.
At £32 million Costa already appears a fantastic purchase for the London outfit. He is yet to hit top gear, yet he is still finding the back of the net on a weekly basis. Is he capable of scoring 25-plus goals a season? I believe so.
Based on early form the Spaniard looks the real deal, capable of guiding Chelsea to a fourth Premier League title.