Diego Costa, the ex-Atletico Madrid forward, joined Chelsea this summer for £32 million, a bargain in today's ever-changing transfer market.
After scoring 36 times for Atletico last year, Costa has arrived in west London bearing the promise of goals, and he has delivered already. The Brazilian-born Spain international has immediately provided what Chelsea have lacked in recent years; a goalscorer.
First and foremost Costa is a physical presence. His strength can cause problems for any defender and his darting runs can cause havoc amongst opposition back-lines. The fear-factor that he possesses means that he often finds himself marked by two players.
But Costa is still a force when doubled up upon, due to his advanced footballing brain and physical attributes. His pace and power left him in many one-on-one situations at Atletico and was a huge factor in the prolific nature of his tenure in Spain.
Advanced footballing brain
Furthermore, Costa has an elite footballing mind. The 26-year-old can interpret and predict the game, and then position himself accordingly. Players with such advanced footballing intellects use their talent to position themselves in a way in which they can snatch, or prevent, goals.
The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and other players of the highest calibre are amongst those with a similar footballing intelligence.
Fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas, another of Chelsea's summer acquisitions, provides the creative spark in Chelsea's side, meaning that Costa is constantly working with world-class passes and is always presented with opportunities.
Costa's newfound partnership with his compatriot has been a success right-off-the-bat, having struck on nine occasions, with Fabregas assisting seven so far in the league campaign.
Bound to be a hit
Due to the abilities in the arsenal of Chelsea's new forward, Costa will be a hit in west London. Also, at the relatively youthful age of 26, he is yet to reach his peak and this means that, if he sticks around, he could become a legend at Stamford Bridge.
Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba, a legend in his own right, could serve as the template from which Costa constructs his Premier League career, as the Spaniard looks to match, or surpass, the former's achievements.
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