Harry Redknapp: Chelsea star best striker in Europe

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is a big fan of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has labelled Chelsea's Diego Costa the best striker in Europe.

The former Atletico Madrid striker arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer with a reputation for being a clinical finisher in front of goal, and his early season form has proved just that.

The Blues struggled last season to kill teams off, and narrow defeats against the likes of Crystal Palace and Sunderland prevented Mourinho from winning the Premier League title in his first season back in charge of London club.

Ahead of the summer, Costa was sounded out as the man to change the Blues fortunes, and West London outfit were happy to shell out the £32 million for his services despite a number of questions raised.

So far, his nine Premier League goals in just seven appearances have gone some way to justifying his price, and Redknapp believes that QPR’s opponents on Saturday have struck gold.

Reported by the Mirror, the Hoops’ boss labelled Brazilian-born star as the best striker in Europe before claiming he was a guaranteed success in the Premier League.

‘’Anyone who’s got a television and has watched Spanish football on Sunday nights knew they were signing the best centre-forward in Europe in Diego Costa," he said.

‘’He wasn’t a gamble. He was the biggest certainty you’ve ever seen. He’s got absolutely everything to be a great centre-forward in England. You don’t have to be a genius - you just have to have the £30-odd million he cost.

‘’We’d all like to have Diego Costa in our team but you can’t get him. Once he went to Chelsea you thought he could win the league.

‘’Two years ago, when Robin Van Persie went to Manchester United, I said they were certainties to win the league because he was in his prime at the time and they took him. It’s the same with Costa. He was just a fantastic signing.”

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