Didier Drogba highlights importance of Diego Costa to Chelsea

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Diego Costa must keep scoring goals if Chelsea are to have success this season, according to Didier Drogba.

Costa started the season in incendiary form, netting seven goals in his first four games despite playing with a rumoured injury.

Despite suffering something of a drought in recent weeks following the return from said injury, he netted his 12th Premier League goal of the season last week in the 2-0 victory over Hull City, in what was his 13th game.

Following the failure of Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge, it has been a change to see the Blues possess a striker who can score goals, and the former Atletico Madrid man has proven his worth to Jose Mourinho’s side. He has all-but guaranteed the starting striker role as his own, and, with the West Londoners progressing well in the League Cup, Champions League and Premier League, there is real hope that the 26-year-old will be winning a host of silverware in his first season with the Blues.

For one man, Costa is vital to the Blues actually having a chance of winning any trophies this season, with Didier Drogba suggesting that the Spanish international must keep scoring goals if Chelsea are to have any success.

Quoted by the Standard, Drogba said: “He had a very good start and we are here to help him improve, to continue to keep his record because we need him to score goals. He is an important man in our team.

“He is scoring goals. That's what people ask of him and what they ask of me as well.”

Drogba continued to address the criticism that has surrounded Costa for part of this season, with many people suggesting that he is nothing more than a physical player who gets by with little technical talent.

“A bit like with me, people forget that technically he's gifted,” the 36-year-old said. “He can play good football.

“I think it's a bit unfair to say he is a physical player. I think his technique is great and he can score fantastic goals. He is a complete striker.”

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