Under the wing of Guus Hiddink, a plethora of Chelsea stars have experienced a renaissance after a stagnant start to the season. This could not be truer than in the case of Diego Costa.
The Spaniard is extending an imperious lead as the Blues’ top scorer this season and is undoubtedly returning to his indomitable best. While his erratic nature still festers, the goals are once again flooding his game.
Despite this, Chelsea must invest in another striker as fears grow that the club is becoming too dependent on Costa for goals. The spread across the squad is simply too sparse for the Stamford Bridge side to not exact change.
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Costa scored just a measly three goals in the league under Jose Mourinho at the start of the season and there were even calls for the striker to leave.
In fact, the Blues’ first game after the sacking of the ‘Special One’ saw Costa one of the main targets of abuse amidst a toxic atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.
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Since then however, the 27-year-old has once again channeled his anger into ruthless goal scoring. Hiddink’s ascension to the Chelsea hot seat has coincided with Costa hammering home an impressive 11 goals.
While his dismissal against Everton proves a stain on this purple patch, there can be no denying the Spaniard’s upsurge.
Such impressive goal scoring has seen Chelsea fans rubbing their hands together but it should also provoke calls for concern. Costa appears the only player in the squad consistently finding the net since Hiddink’s arrival.
The ex-Atletico Madrid forward wields a solid league tally of 11 goals. However, the next highest scorers prove Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Pedro, all with just four strikes.
It's certainly worrying that only one player in the Chelsea squad has brocken into double figures.
In addition, it is well documented how poor alternative striking options in Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao have proven. The respected forwards have amassed a combined tally of just two league goals this season, frankly pathetic considering their position.
While Bertrand Traore has been attracting plaudits in forward positions recently, he is not an out-and-out striker. Furthermore, at just 20-years-old, it would be unwise to place too much responsibility on the youngster.
It is for these very reasons that Chelsea simply must invest in a striker over the summer or face a growing dependence on Costa.
The Spaniard may consistently be finding the net at the moment but his early season form shows that a long-term burden on him can see cracks form. Chelsea need another world-class forward to pounce when Costa stagnates.
Goals win games and the Blues shouldn’t place all their hopes on one player or they could see their season fold at the flick of a switch. The club must augment their depth in forward positions otherwise their 2016-17 campaign could be in jeopardy.
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