Costa has been a far cry from the player he was last season.

Invest in competition - three ways to solve a problem like Diego Costa

Published 1 Comments

This time last year, Chelsea's Diego Costa was the talk of Stamford Bridge after scoring 11 goals in his first nine Premier League appearances for the Blues. Fans were waving goodbye to the days of misfiring strikers as they dominated the 2014/15 season.

However, one year on and the days of Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko and Mateja Kezman feel all too familiar.

Scoring just three league goals since the beginning of the season, Costa's most recent act of petulance came when he threw a bib in the direction of manager Jose Mourinho when the 'Special One' decided against bringing him on during the 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.


Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article:

Article continues below

Following the incident, Mourinho said: "If he wants to hurt me it would not be with a bib. I have a good relationship with him."

Despite the supposed "good relationship" between the two, the Blues manager may well be looking into the January market if he can't get Costa firing.

Article continues below

But how can Costa return to the form that saw him score 20 league goals last season? Let's have a look at what Mourinho, and the striker himself, need to do.


It may be coming up to Christmas, but the Chelsea forward was cast as the pantomime villain a long time ago. Against Arsenal, Costa's antics got defender Gabriel sent off when the Spaniard lashed out at Laurent Koscielny.

Chelsea v Arsenal - Premier League

Despite this arguably winning the game for the Blues, Costa was subsequently banned for three games. If the Spaniard is to get back to scoring ways, he needs to stop focusing on winding up opponents and get on with what he's paid to do.


With Radamel Falcao once again failing to deliver for a Premier League side and Loic Remy persistently on the treatment table, Mourinho's primary concern this January is a striker.

The Blues have scored just 17 goals this season and sit on a goal difference of minus six. If Mourinho's men, and Costa in particular, are going to get back to their form of last season then competition for places needs to be there.

Manchester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Players like Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and Costa have become too sure of a place in the squad and their performances have taken a hit because of it.


Strikers like Costa thrive on confidence; that's when they go back to working off instinct. It sounds simple, but the easiest way for Costa to score more goals is to start scoring goals.

Chelsea v Norwich City - Premier League

That's easier said than done, of course, but with their next four Premier League games against Bournemouth, Leicester, Sunderland and Watford, there should be plenty of chances for Chelsea's number 19.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Didier Drogba

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again