David Luiz was known to be the last big joker in the Chelsea side, and his charisma was a large reason in him endearing himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful.
However, his talent on the pitch was occasionally questioned, and Jose Mourinho worked wonders to sell the 27-year-old central defender to PSG for a £50 million fee - a world record for a defender.
In return, Chelsea splashed that outlay on Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas over the summer, and the Spanish duo have excelled in the top flight. Costa’s goals have stormed the Blues up the Premier League table, but Branislav Ivanovic believes the 26-year-old forward can have an ever greater impact at Stamford Bridge - by becoming the new joker of West London.
When asked by FourFourTwo who the biggest joker was at Chelsea, Ivanovic said: “The best was definitely David Luiz.
“He had such charisma and such power to imitate people and to make fun of others and himself.
“At this point, I think that Diego Costa has the material to be his successor. He's still new, maybe he is not yet fully relaxed, but I guess that he could be the next big joker.”
Despite Costa’s reputation as an on-pitch brawler - as a number of scuffles have shown in his recent stint in the Premier League - he has been making a name for himself amongst the Chelsea fans as a high-spirited entertainer. It was revealed that Costa calls club captain John Terry ‘El Capitano’ due to not being able to speak English, whilst he also complained that the only thing not going well during his spell in England was the weather.
It’s good to have someone who can lift the spirits making an impression at Stamford Bridge, and Costa’s influence may start to be felt by the team even when he is not scoring goals.