After what looks to be Chelsea’s worst season in over a decade, radical change appears a necessity at Stamford Bridge. The Blues look set for a summer saturated with transfers out of the club as well as in.
Albeit being the west London side’s top scorer this season, it may also prove time for Diego Costa to leave the club. While his net busting value cannot be denied, a lot of negatives come in tandem and the Blues should sever their impatience this summer.
It may prove a bitter pill to swallow for supporters but it looks to be the most beneficial move in the long run under Antonio Conte. Here are three reasons why this seemingly illogical sale might actually be the right thing to do at Stamford Bridge:
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It’s no secret that Costa can lose his head during games. In fact, it’s nothing short of miraculous that the Spaniard has picked up just one red card in his Chelsea career.
Whether it be pushing stewards, slapping Laurent Koscielny or wrestling Gareth Barry, Costa can quickly descend into a bull in a china shop. While this can sometimes transpire into ruthless goal scoring, it can also see his club doused in negative press.
When dropped from the side by Jose Mourinho in December, the toys were quickly thrown out the pram. Chelsea have shown incredible patience with the 27-year-old and it might be about time the club stamps their authority.
If the Stamford Bridge side are to stride into next season on form, they need to avoid niggling off-the-pitch issues which Costa can often attract. Is his goal scoring really worth all the drama he stirs up?
There can be little doubting that, on his day, there are few better forwards in European football than Costa. Unfortunately for Chelsea though, the appearances of such devastating form can often be inconsistent.
The ex-Atletico Madrid man hammered home 20 league goals last season but only three were scored in the final four months of the campaign. Similarly, Costa scored just three league goals this season before Christmas.
It seems there’s no in-between. The 27-year-old will either have a period where every shot seems to beat the keeper or months where his shooting appears jaded.
Goal scoring will obviously be vital as part of Conte’s planned resurgence next season and Costa simply can’t provide this consistently. Chelsea should perhaps turn to a more reliable forward who can hold his form throughout a season.
Another incentive to let the forward go should prove the potential replacements linked with Chelsea. Conte’s arrival has caused a transfer buzz around the club with high-profile forwards such as Antoine Griezmann being linked.
If no replacements were on the horizon then evidentially selling Costa would prove a damning mistake. However, with younger, calmer and more consistent forwards being weighed up, it could prove a logical decision.
Besides, any strikers with a Serie A background are likely to work far better with Conte than Costa due to his exceptional knowledge of Italian football.
Furthermore, the 46-year-old may struggle to control the Spaniard in light of his formidable presence in the dressing room. It seems the targets on the table would accommodate a Costa exit and maybe for the better.
While such a move at first appears ludicrous, there are plenty of motives for Chelsea to let the forward go this summer. For the aforementioned reasons, the Blues should part ways with Costa albeit a satisfying two seasons with the club.
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