Spain fan shock: Spurs-linked striker favoured ahead of Diego Costa

The Spanish public have voted in favour of Tottenham Hotspur-linked striker Paco Alcacer stating for Spain in place of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s woes for the international side continue as the Spanish public begin to doubt his involvement in the starting XI.

The Blues goalscorer fired yet another blank – his sixth in succession – for the Spanish national team as the reigning European champions slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Slovakia.

Costa’s form for Spain belies his fabulous form at Stamford Bridge where he has netted nine Premier League goals since joining the club for a reported £32 million fee during the summer.

Football experts have tried to put their finger on it, including boss Vicente del Bosque suggesting too much effort could play a part, yet it remains a mystery why the talented striker hasn’t done it on the international stage.

Tottenham Hotspur-linked striker Paco Alcacer, on the other hand, has taken to international football with ease, netting two goals in his three appearances to date.

The 21-year-old Valencia striker has a queue of clubs – such as Spurs and Arsenal – taking a strong interest following his breakthrough year with Los Che last season.

He has continued to wow La Liga observers this campaign and following a thoroughly deserved call up to the national side, the Spanish public are backing him to lead the side for the upcoming clash with Luxembourg.

In a poll conducted by Spanish newspaper AS, Alcacer has double the number of votes as Chelsea’s new hero Costa with fellow striker Rodrigo not far behind the Brazilian-born striker.

Alcacer’s stock has risen greatly over the past 18 months and his four La Liga goals and four assists in seven matches this season have made him a hit at the Mestalla stadium.

Rated at €12 million by renowned site, it would take more than double that for the likes of Spurs or Arsenal to tempt Valencia into doing a deal.

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