After witnessing Diego Costa score seven goals in his first four Premier League games, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes the Spaniard is a better player than even Didier Drogba was in his prime at Stamford Bridge.
Costa, 25, netted 36 times in 52 appearances for La Liga champions Atletico Madrid last season before sealing a £32 million switch to Stamford Bridge, but his lack of production during the previous four campaign had led to some concern over whether he could turn out to be a one-season wonder.
Those fears have proved wide of the mark thus far, however, and Cascarino thinks the prolific front man will turn out to be an even bigger hit with Chelsea fans than Drogba, who himself scored 157 goals during his first eight-season spell at the club before returning to North London this summer.
‘Chelsea have scored six at Everton and Costa has been unplayable. He's on the move and running into the box all the time. I was impressed again,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.
‘I think he's better than Drogba. I know it's early, but I think there's a hunger and anger in him and in some ways he's more physical than Didier. He's got to learn to curb his physical side slightly but keep that same hunger.
‘If he can do that and keep injury-free then he is going to be top scorer this season. He's had a hamstring problem before every game this season and Mourinho's probably thinking “I hope he's got a hamstring problem this weekend before we play Manchester City”.’