Diego Costa wins Premier League award after fine start to the season

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Diego Costa has received the first Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award of this season after scoring in each of Chelsea's first three games.

Chelsea acquired Costa's services early in the recent summer transfer window for a deal worth £32 million, and, since his arrival from La Liga title holders Atletico Madrid, the Spaniard has been tremendous for the Blues.

It only took him 17 minutes of his Premier League debut to score against newly-promoted Burnley, but his second goal for Chelsea against Leicester the following week demanded a harder and longer effort.

Everton showing

Chelsea's last game before the international break - against Everton at Goodison Park - was perhaps the decisive match that left Costa clear to win this award.

Opening the scoring after 35 seconds, Costa went on add Chelsea's sixth of the game 35 seconds before the end with a left-footed shot. His performance was just outstanding.

And that's what has made the difference between him and new Swansea signing Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic international has also started the season brilliantly, registering four assists and netting the winning goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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Poor discipline?

Two yellow cards in three games is a slight negative for Costa, and the player was lucky not to be sent off against Everton after committing some dodgy tackles.

It's something that he has to bear in mind quikcly, otherwise he may harm Chelsea's chance of lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.

Costa was a top player for Atletico Madrid, scoring 35 goals in 44 appearances for his former club. He will hope to repeat that feat alongside fellow new signing Cesc Fabregas this season.

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