Chelsea have been marvellous in recent weeks and on Sunday they moved to the summit of the Premier League with another impressive win and clean sheet. The goal came from Diego Costa, the Spaniard is just one player that is performing much better under Antonio Conte.
Since the move to a 3-4-3 Costa has had more attacking support from the likes of Eden Hazard and that has seen him move to the top of the goalscoring charts. With the defence keeping 6 clean sheets in a row, Costa’s goals have proved crucial in winning games for Chelsea. He’s now netted 10 in the Premier League, that’s two more than his closest rival Sergio Aguero.
Costa was deadly in his debut Premier League season but last year he really struggled, along with most of the Chelsea squad. Conte has crucially managed to get Costa and Hazard back to their best. Doing that has ensured that his team are much more clinical going forward and he defensive re-shuffle has enabled the team to also be extremely efficient defensively.
On top of all his goals, Costa has shown his ability to be a team player and has managed 3 Premier League assists, in comparison Aguero has none. Costa’s overall ability has led to many calling him the best forward in the league. Not only is he a clinical player, but Costa fights hard for his team, using his physical attributes to create space and opportunities for his teammates.
Of course his goal was the most important contribution to the game for Chelsea on the day, but it wasn’t his only one. Here’s some more stats from the big man’s performance. Costa had 3 shots, and made 4 key passes against Middlesbrough. He also completed 41 passes, 1 through ball and 2 dribbles. Defensively Costa put in his usual shift and made 2 interceptions – overall he earned an impressive WhoScored match rating of 8.31.
Here’s how the fans are reacting to Diego Costa’s most recent performance on Twitter.
Diego Costa has become the first player to reach 10 Premier League goals this season.
What a campaign he's having! pic.twitter.com/YSjdNnJiKt
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 20, 2016
— Walcott (@JrMoe_) November 20, 2016
Diego Costa is easily one of the best goalscorers in the world
— ً (@FinlayCFC) November 20, 2016
Diego costa is the best striker in the league by far
— ABS (@ladoteIIi) November 20, 2016
10 in 12. Best in the league surely @diegocosta
— Peter Wilder (@Petros_filios8) November 20, 2016
10th of the season, double figures for Diego Costa. Best in the country.
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) November 20, 2016
As an Arsenal fan I have to declare my admiration for Costa. He’s a truly brilliant striker and the perfect player to play as a lone frontman in the Premier League. He has everything and aged 28, in his prime, Chelsea must appreciate they have one of the best players in the Premier League right now. With him and Hazard in form, of course they can win the league.
Despite Aguero’s obvious brilliance, I think if I had to choose one player to have at Arsenal right now it would be Costa. The man is a real winner, hard as nails and everything you want in a front man. He’s got more to his game than Aguero and is capable of performing against many different types of defences.