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 transfermarkt.com, it would take more than double that for the likes of Spurs or Arsenal to tempt Valencia into doing a deal.