Diego Costa a player Brian Clough would have liked, says Johnny Paton

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Chelsea's oldest living player has lathered praise on Diego Costa.

Chelsea did some very good business in the summer, the £32 million signing of Diego Costa perhaps the best of all. The Brazilian born Spanish international has been in great form since his move from Atletico Madrid and the plaudits have flooded in all season.

This weekend however he has received praise from a very reputable source, Johnny Paton.

The former winger played for Chelsea in the 1946-47 season is believed to be the oldest living Chelsea player in the world - so his opinion is certainly worth some merit.

In an interview with the official Chelsea website, the 91-year-old Scot waxed lyrical about the striker.

He even suggested that a managerial great would have loved him, in the form of Brian Clough:

"Diego Costa is a finisher, on the ground and in the air. He’s a world-class player. Barcelona have dominated the passing game for many years but that’s what suits them.

"Brian Clough used to say to his teams that once you’ve made five or six passes and reached the opposition penalty area, don’t pass it, just put it into the net for safety. Clough knew the most important thing in football was scoring goals and how you do it is irrelevant. You won’t lose possession if it goes in the net and Diego Costa is one of the players who understand that.

"Once the ball comes into the area he doesn’t mess about, all he’s thinking about is scoring and he doesn’t need too many chances."

Fine praise indeed and it is hard to disagree with a man so knowledgeable. Imagine that Cloughy woukd indeed be a fan of the tenacious Chelsea star.

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