Chelsea have been nothing short of sublime during the last two months, largely thanks to an upturn in form for several of their key players.
Diego Costa is certainly one of the crucial figures behind the Blues’ revival this season and one only needs to look at his numbers to see why.
The Spaniard – who managed a respectable yet less than expected 12 league goals last term – has been producing the kind of displays reminiscent of his first season at Stamford Bridge.
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Costa found the net 20 times during his debut Premier League campaign – a tally that seems less impressive when compared with his current figures.
Having already struck 10 goals in league competition for 2014-15, the 28-year-old is very much on track to register his most prolific season yet.
In fact, Costa has been so clinical in front of goal, he is close to matching the record-breaking performances of Jamie Vardy for Leicester City last term.
The former Atletico Madrid star became the first player to reach double figures in the Premier League when he netted against Middlesborough in his 12th appearance on Sunday – a feat Vardy achieved in ten outings 12 months ago.
Incredibly, Costa has notched seven of his haul in as many consecutive games on the road, whereas only five of Vardy’s first ten came away from the King Power Stadium.
Robin van Persie holds that record having found the net in nine successive league matches for Arsenal between January and May in 2011.
On top of his outstanding goalscoring exploits, the fiery striker has contributed three assists to match his output during his first season in blue.
If Claudi Ranieri’s Foxes of last season are anything to go by, an in-form striker can be a decisive factor in going all the way to winning the Premier League title.
Costa would do extremely well to sustain his form over the 24 league matches remaining this season, but given how he has flourished under Antonio Conte so far, there is no reason to suggest he will soon drop off.
Chelsea face a visit from Tottenham next weekend before travelling to Manchester City a week later in what will both be stern tests for Costa and his teammates.
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