The fourth instalment of our ‘Premier League top-goalscorer candidates assessed’ series runs the rule over Chelsea’s Diego Costa, 13/2 fourth-favourite in the betting.
Arriving on these shores after finishing a Radamel Falcao-esque third to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the La Liga scoring charts, here’s how he rates on news.bwin.com/en/’s four degrees of top-goalscorer betting separation.
Premier League pedigree: Zilch.
The former Atletico man has it all to prove in the Premier League, with two muted showings against the Blues in the Champions League his only recent contact with an English adversary.
Squad competition: The totemic Didier Drogba may have returned to the fold, but the Ivorian’s main role is clearly to ensure Mourinho has to rely upon the miserable Fernando Torres as little as possible.
Costa is the lead singer in this motley beat combo, make no mistake about it, and he should be afforded the temporal ammunition necessary to land the odds.
Team creativity: Chelsea averaged more shots per game than any other side in the Premier League last season, laying the blame for the fact they hit 30 goals less than Liverpool squarely at the blame of their errant strikers.
It’s an accusation that’s given further weight by the fact that they were the only side, apart from Manchester City, who had two players (Eden Hazard and Willian) inside the division’s top seven for average scoring chances created per game in 2013/14.
Fitness reliability: The Brazilian born striker suffered a cruciate ligament rupture back in 2011, but has shown no lasting ill effects since returning from that setback in February 2012.
Costa wasn’t fit at the World Cup after rushing back from a muscle complaint in a bid to aid Atletico’s Champions League tilt.
However, he’s been back to his belligerent best for the Blues in pre-season and rates as unlikely to miss substantial chunks of 2014/15 through injury.